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Chandler squeaks past Mountain View for 5A-I boys title

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Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:10 am

Chandler earned points where it needed to win the boys 5A Division I state track meet on Saturday at Mesa Community College. 

The Wolves totaled 92.16 points to edge Mountain View (88) and complete the 5A-I sweep with the girls team. Desert Vista was third with 76.66 points, Brophy fourth (75) followed by Corona del Sol (42) and Hamilton (41.5).

Yusuf Muhammad earned a pair of second-place finishes to help Chandler.

Ryan Wheeler of Casa Grande won the premier event of the evening, edging Anders Battle of Phoenix Desert Vista by .02 seconds after Battle had earned the top seed in preliminaries on Wednesday. Wheeler clocked in at 10.84 seconds, Battle at 10.86 and Devon Allen of Phoenix Brophy 10.95. 

Wheeler ultimately earned a double reward, winning the 200 by beating Battle, Jordan Hill of Hamilton and Joshua Rushing of Chandler. Wheeler finished 21.63, Battle at 21.83 and Hill and Rushing at 21.88.

Muhammad finished behind Cameron Taylor of Westwood in the 110 hurdles and just ahead of Dominick Decono of Mesa. Taylor finished in 14.13, Muhammad in 14.58 and Decono 14.76.

Muhammad came in at 37.48 in 300 hurdles, behind Harry Danilevics of Brophy (37.24) and ahead of Hamilton's LeSean Marks (38.52). 

"I got out fast," Danilevics said. "That was my goal from the beginning. I kept pushing and kept pushing, and I saw that Yusuf was right with me. Since it was a stagger, I knew if I could possibly get him, it would even out, I just kept pushing."

In the 400 meters, J.D. Castille of Mesa didn’t get the lead until late, but he got it in time.

"I felt like it was my time, it was my time to win," said Castille, a senior. "I was hurt all year but I had to work through it to make it back."

Castille clocked in at 48.90, just ahead of Mountain View’s Justin Neuman (49.09) and Westwood’s Valencio Gray (49.83).

Corona del Sol went back-to-back in the 3,200 as Matt Whitlach (9:36.22) and Garrett Baker-Slama (9:37.55) finished ahead of the pack.

In the high jump, Mountain View junior Breylan Uchytil won with a jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, but couldn't clear the bar when it went up to 7 feet. Desert Vista’s Edmond Baker was second at 6-6 and Michael Okonkwo of Chandler jumped 6-4 for third. Only one Arizonan has cleared 7 feet this season.

Despite coming into the meet with the best long jump in Arizona this season, Battle finished third in the event with a leap of 23 feet, 1 1/4 inches, barely behind Charles Robinson of Mesquite. Dashawn Gooden of Phoenix North won with a 23 4-3/4 jump. 

Alex Bishop of Brophy cleared the pole vault bar at a 2010 state-best 16 feet, 4 3/4 inches to win that event. Jake Jarvis of Mountain View cleared 15-3 for second.

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