Fields, Jones and Waters Great Southwest Winners


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Alexis Jones of Queen Creek High won the shot put event at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic at the University of New Mexico.

By Vincent R. Crawford Sports Editor

On Saturday, the 43rd Annual Great Southwest Track and Field Classic concluded, at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and Arizona did not have a lot of athletes competing among the 22 states that had representatives at the two-day event. In the girls’ meet, Arizona scored 71 points and finished in fifth place behind Texas (170), Missouri (159), Colorado (156.5), and Utah (84). Only the top-six finishers in each event scored points (10-8-6-5-4-3). Arizona scored points in 11 of the 25-scoring events and they were the 100m dash, 100 hurdles, 400m dash, 800m run, 3200m run, 4x100m relay race, 4x400m relay race, high jump, javelin, long jump, and shot put. The Arizona boys’ team (70.5) was sixth following Missouri (190), Colorado (127), Texas (114.5), Louisiana (93), and Utah (83).

The boys’ collection scored in ten events – 100, 110 hurdles, 200m dash, 300 hurdles, 4×100, decathlon, discus, high jump, javelin, and shot put. Peoria Liberty’s Asiah Fields (54.71) won the 400 with Missouri’s Courtney Williams (55.34) finishing second. Queen Creek’s Alexis Jones (4403.50) was the shot put winner ahead of Missouri’s Mikayla Deshazer (4306.50) and thirdplace finisher Goodyear Millennium’s Alaina Diggs (4304.50). Jones (14th; 112-06) and Diggs (19th; 109-01) also competed in the discus competition that was won by Deshazer (145-11). In the girls’ non-scoring Elite 4×100, the Arizona A (45.59) foursome of Phoenix North Canyon’s Jayde Charlton, Chandler’s Zaire Chest, Chandler’s Jai Gruenwald, and North Canyon’s Jaydn Mays was second to Colorado A (44.99). Arizona B (47.32), with Queen Creek’s Myreanna Bebe, Tempe’s Kenya Coburn, Yuma Gila Ridge’s Mia Corners, and North Canyon’s Dominique Mustin, were second behind Missouri B (46.67). Arizona A (Fields, Chandler’s Anna Foreman, Mays, and Mustin) wound up third (3:51.10) in the 4×400 trailing Colorado A (3:47.13) and Texas A (3:49.23). Mays (11.73) finished fifth in the Elite 100 that was won by Florida’s Briana Williams (11.25; 23.38) who also was the Elite 200 winner. Chandler’s Ta’Mir Waters (21.52) was the 200 champion in a photo finish over Oklahoma’s Verrell McBride (21.53).

Asiah Fields of Peoria Liberty High School won the 400 meter race by more than a half second (54.71) over the second place finisher Courtney Williams of Missouri (55.34).

In the boys’ non-scoring Elite 4×100, Arizona A (41.57) was fifth with Glendale Apollo’s James Kemp, Goodyear Desert Edge’s Alex Maiz, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep’s Omasan Omatseye, and Waters. The race was won by multi-state sprinters called Team USA (40.00) over Louisiana A (40.03) and Colorado A (40.04). Mesa Westwood’s James Smith (14.25; 36.40) finished third in both the 110 and 300 hurdles races that was won by Missouri’s Jekeel Suber (13.91) and Florida’s Thomas Burns (35.47). Phoenix Desert Vista’s Deshon Toney (58-09.25) placed second to Colorado’s Kain Medrano (5900.00). Millennium’s Aidan Diggs (6,097 pts.) finished sixth in the decathlon which Missouri’s Isaiah Martin (6,946) was victorious. In order of the two-day event with five competitions each day, Diggs results were 100 (3rd; 11.14), long jump (1st; 22-05.25), shot put (13th; 34-08.25), high jump (8th; 5-08.75), 400 (13th; 54.52), 110HH (2nd; 14.39), discus (17th; 84-03.00), pole vault (11th; 10-02.00), javelin (11th; 131-06), and 1500m run (3rd; 4:46.61). Florida’s Anthony Schwartz (10.09; 20.49) won both the Elite 100 and 200 sprints short of the meet records (9.99; 20.32).