Fairfax’ Dickerson Sets 300H State Record


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Ma’Kayla Dickerson (41.72) won the Division II 300 hurdles state title and broke the state record in. Dickerson’s time is third-best in the country.

By Vincent R. Crawford Sports Editor

On the final day, May 5, of the two-day Arizona State Track Meet Championships Laveen Betty Fairfax’ Ma’Kayla Dickerson (41.72) won the Division II 300 hurdles state title and broke the state record in the process. Dickerson’s time is third-best in the country. “This is pretty special because I didn’t think I could do it until I ran it,” said Dickerson, a junior. “I thought I was going to get tired after running a fast prelim race, but once I hit the straightaway and saw ‘30’ seconds on the clock I thought I can really do this. I was striving to get ‘40’ but I got ‘41’ but I was still happy.” Oro Valley Canyon del Oro’s Jaide Stepter (42.01) set the previous top time, in 2012, at the same site, Mesa Community College.
Peoria Liberty’s Ella Escobar (44.89) was second to Dickerson. Dickerson also won the high jump competition (5-05.00) and was second in both the 200m dash (24.23) and 100 hurdles (14.19). Phoenix North Canyon’s 4x400m relay team also set another state record in victory with a clocking of 3:46.08 that bettered Chandler’s time, 3:46.14, which was established at 2017 Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational. “I heard on the backstretch the crowd saying, ‘Go for the record’, so I was just trying to run as fast as I could for my team,” said anchor Jadyn Mays, a sophomore. “The last 110 I heard the crowd on this side yelling, so I knew it would be close, so I just ran as fast as I could.” Jayde Charlton, Delphine Dah, and Dominique Mustin were the other members on North Canyon’s 4×400 relay team.

Jadyn Mays, a sophomore, ran the anchor leg for Phoenix North Canyon’s 4x400m relay team which set a state record.

Liberty (3:58.81) was second. Mays (11.71; 23.84; 18-10.25) repeated as 100m, 200m, and long jump state champions. Tucson’s Lauren Miller (12.13) was second in the 100m dash with Phoenix South Mountain sophomore teammates Autumn Boyd (12.38) and Alaijah Huckaby (12.41) seventh and eighth. Liberty (47.09), with Mary Agube, Synfanie Crudder, Escobar, and Asiah Fields, beat South Mountain (47.22) to win the 4x100m relay race state crown. Fields ended her prep career by winning the 400m dash state championship for the second year in a row. Glendale Raymond Kellis’ senior Jae’Nisa Heckstall, who won both 100 and 300 hurdles state titles, in 2017, finished sixth in the 100 hurdles, in 2018, before injuring her leg 30 minutes later in the 100m dash finals ending her night. Queen Creek’s junior Myreanna Bebe (14.14) was the 100 hurdles state champion. Alexis Jones, also from Queen Creek, repeated as shot put state titlist (45-06.00) and was second in the discus and fourth in the javelin which is the first year that that competition has been contested in Arizona as a high school event. “This week I felt really good,” said Jones, after the shot contest. “Shot is my sport I went out and did what I had to do.” Team-wise, North Canyon (94 pts.) repeated as state champions ahead of runner-up Scottsdale Chaparral (78). Fairfax and Yuma Gila Ridge finished tied at sixth with 39 points.