ALA Queen Creek boys track team wins state, girls finish second

The ALA Queen Creek junior high boys track and field team. (Submitted photo)

The American Leadership Academy Queen Creek junior high track and field made an impact at the Canyon Athletic Association Division II state championships with the boys team finishing first.

Along with the boys team’s state championship, the girls team finished second, finishing nine points behind winner Champion School out of Chandler. The event took place from Friday, May 10 to Saturday, May 11 at Glendale Community College.

Champion and ALA Queen Creek dominated on both the boys and girls sides. ALA Queen Creek beat Champion by one point but about 60 points separated the second and third place teams. Over 110 points separated ALA Queen Creek from the third place team in the girls competition.

Overall, ALA Queen Creek Head Coach Duerk Brewer, who also won boys junior high coach of the year, said the season was a lot of fun because his athletes would overcome any challenge placed in front of them.

“Every time I thought our boys were out of it at the state meet, someone would turn around and do something amazing,” he said via email. “I look forward to watching some of these kids as they continue to grow in their future athletic pursuits.”

Kawai King led the team in points, finishing first in the 100-meter hurdles with a state record 14.41 second run; second in high jump with a 5-foot-2 leap; a third place finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.02 seconds; and a 4th place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.88 seconds.

Ryan Meza also contributed to the win as he finished first in the long jump with a state record 18-foot-9; second in shot put with a 38-foot-9 toss; and third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.71 seconds.

The boys 4X400-meter relay team — comprised of Rustin Robson, Draysen Hatch, Hudson Lee and Joseph Commudoran — finished first in their race with a time of 4:00.22, which was about four seconds faster than the second place team.

Other top finishers included Hatch finishing second with a time of 2:13.33 in the 800-meter run; Lee with a third place finish in the high jump with a leap of five feet; and Miles Johnson finishing third in the discus with a throw of 105 feet, two inches.

“This boys team was full of grit,” Coach Brewer said. “The leadership we had from a few of the older athletes really set the tone for the team. We had some tough competition but our boys showed up and did what they needed to pull out the win at state.”

The ALA Queen Creek junior high girls track and field team. (Submitted photo)

For the girls, Alona Haymore led the team with four individual medals while breaking two state records.

Those included a first in the 800-meter run with a state record time of 2:19.96; first in the 400-meter run with a state record time of 1:00.92; second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:35.18; and third in the 100-meter dash 13.16 seconds.

Evelynne Carr also took first in the 1,600-meter runs with a state record time of 5:30.35; and second in the 800-meter run finishing at 2:26.26. She was also part of the 4X400-meter relay team that finished first with a time of 4:35.15. That team also included Lilli Tebbs, Kenly Key and Gracyn Goeckeritz.

The 4X100-meter relay team also finished third in its race with a time of 55.64 seconds. That team consisted of Goeckeritz, Kennedy McCann, Brewer and Carroll.

Other top finishers included Tatum Rollins finishing first in the high jump with jump of 4 feet, 10 inches; Alexsandra Carrol finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.04 seconds); Lindsey Brewer finishing third in the high jump with a 4-foot-6 jump; and Key finishing second in the long jump with a 14-foot-9 leap.

Coach Brewer said he is proud of his girls team and what they accomplished this year.

“They went undefeated during the regular season and of course we would have loved to win state but I could not be more proud of the way our girls showed up and battled breaking state records and running personal bests throughout the meet,” he said.

“I feel like it was a successful season.”

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