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Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2008 2:42 am | Updated: 9:16 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

At the 5A state track and field championships, it seemed as though Larissa Matthews’ day never ended. The Chandler High junior won three individual titles and ran a leg of a relay championship as the Wolves earned their third consecutive team title.

See the special All-Tribune athletes section as it appeared in print

At the 5A state track and field championships, it seemed as though Larissa Matthews’ day never ended. The Chandler High junior won three individual titles and ran a leg of a relay championship as the Wolves earned their third consecutive team title.

See the special All-Tribune athletes section as it appeared in print

Still, her season isn’t over.

Matthews still has a pair of events remaining on the national circuit this summer. She is scheduled to compete in June in Ohio and in July in Nebraska.

“I get a couple months off after that,” Matthews said. “But not really because I will still be working out in the weight room.”

Matthews turned in one of the more spectacular days in recent memory at the state meet. She won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.86 seconds, the fourth-best effort in state history.

It was only a matter of minutes later that she won the 100-meter dash in 12.14. She went on to win the 300 hurdles (43.42) and anchor the 400 relay team to a win (47.62).

Chandler coach Eric Richardson said after the meet he doesn’t like to use Matthews in events run so close together. In other meets she had skipped the 300 hurdles and joined the 800 relay team. But Richardson said he needed her in both hurdles at state to help the team fend off runner-up Phoenix Xavier.

Matthews feels her times can still improve. She wants to run “in the low, low, low” 13s in the 100 hurdles and try to break 42 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

The state record in the 100 is 13.60 and in the 300 it’s 42.67.

“Every time I run a 13.8, my coach is always saying ‘I know you can run a 13.5,’ ” Matthews said. “He’s always pushing me. It helps. I know that’s why I can get even better.”

Looking Back

MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM THE 2008 SEASON

Dynamic duo: At the 5A-I state track and field meet, Xavier teammates Jessica Tonn, a sophomore, and Sarah Penney, a junior, finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run. Tonn’s time of 4 minutes, 50.42 seconds, was the third-best effort in state history. Penney finished just in back of her at 4:50.72 and her time was the state’s fourth-best of all time. Tonn’s time is also the sixth best in the country this year, according to Dyestat.com, while Penney ranks seventh.

Fine finish: The Marcos de Niza 3,200-meter relay team, which included a pair of seniors in Naomi Jimenez and Samantha Meyerhoff, won a state title, the only one for the team this season. It was a bittersweet ending for Meyerhoff and Jimenez, who had to leave the meet in order to attend prom. Both would have run in at least another relay that night. “Last year, we had to miss prom, so at least we get to go out with a state title,” Jimenez said afterward.

Amazing start: Winning two state titles is an impressive feat. Winning two state titles as a freshman — in 5A-I — is incredible. And winning those titles in your second- and third-best events is downright jaw-dropping. But that’s what Mesa Dobson’s Hannah Carson did this year in taking the shot put and discus titles. The freshman’s best event though is the javelin, where she ranks first in the country at 165 feet, 9 inches. She is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials later this summer.

Class 5A Girls All-Tribune first team

Name School Yr. Event Comment

Shannon Jacobs Highland So. 100 Placed 4th in 5A-I in 12.32

Alexis Stamps Skyline Jr. 200 Runner-up in 5A-II at 25.27

Quiana Jackson Chandler Sr. 400 2nd in 5A-I at 57.11

Courtney Golden Gilbert Sr. 800 3rd in 5A-I at 2:16.05

Sarah Penney Xavier Jr. 1,600 Finished 2nd in 5A-I in time of 4:50.72

Jessica Tonn Xavier So. 3,200 One of 4 titles in 5A-I, also won 800 & 1,600

Larissa Matthews Chandler Jr. 100 hurdles One of 4 titles in 5A-I, also won 300 LH & 100

Jndia Cleveland Desert Vista Sr. 300 hurdles 2nd in 5A-I at 43.89

Micsha Carson Chandler Sr. Long jump 1st in 5A-I at 18-11, also won triple jump

Samantha Collins Westwood Jr. Triple jump 2nd in 5A-I at 36-11

Sierra Meyer Gilbert Sr. High jump Won 5A-I title at 5-5

Cara Carpenter Mtn. View Sr. Pole vault Captured 5A-I title at 12-9

Omatayo Talabi Chandler Jr. Shot put Placed 2nd in 5A-I with toss of 39-10

Hannah Carson Dobson Fr. Discus Won title in 5A-I at 125-7 and won shot put

Athlete of the Year: Larissa Matthews, Chandler

Coach of the Year: Eric Richardson, Chandler. Led Wolves to their third consecutive 5A-I state championship and has plenty coming back to be the favorite again next season.

Class 5A Girls All-Tribune second team

Name School Yr. Event Comment

Hannah Carson Dobson Fr. 100 Placed 3rd in 5A-I at 12.30

Steffanie Jordan Chandler So. 200 Won 5A-I title at 25.30

Kim Stoner Dobson Sr. 400 Finished 3rd in 5A-I at 57.15

Naomi Jimenez Marcos de Niza Sr. 800 Collected 3rd place in 5A-II at 2:22.16

Kris Vanderhout Xavier Fr. 1,600 Claimed 5th in 5A-I at 5:00.26

Natasa Vulic Mtn. Pointe Sr. 3,200 Earned 6th in 5A-I at 11:16.47

Chaunci Toney Chandler Jr. 100 hurdles 5th in 5A-I at 14.80

Karen Schillinger Xavier Sr. 300 hurdles Finished 3rd in 5A-I at 45.09

Alexis Clay Chandler Fr. Long jump Went 17-6.75 for 4th place in 5A-I

Lexi Sullivan Mtn. View Sr. Triple jump Placed 3rd in 5A-I at 35-10.25

Natalie Loomis Desert Mtn. Sr. High jump Finished 3rd in 5A-I at 5-3

Alex Weatherby Desert Vista Jr. Pole vault Cleared 12 feet to place 2nd in 5A-I

Annessa Haws Mtn. View Sr. Shot put Her 38-2.25 throw placed 4th in 5A-I

Briana Viafale Corona del Sol So. Discus Finished 2nd in 5A-I at 119-2

Class 4A-1A Girls All-Tribune first team

Name School Yr. Event Comment

Brittany Parks Maricopa So. 100 Repeated as 3A state champ in 12.32

Kenesha Coleman Perry Fr. 200 Won 4A-II title in 25.91

Mariah Bowers Queen Creek Jr. 400 Captured 4A-II title in 58.44

Tess Berghoff Arcadia Fr. 800 Placed 2nd in 4A-II at 2:19.19

Carolyn Brown Saguaro Jr. 1,600 Finished 4th in 4A-I at 5:13.59

Loren Wynn Saguaro Jr. 3,200 Ran 11:27.08 to place 4th in 4A-I

Breanna Leslie Valley Christian Jr. 100 hurdles Won title in 15.04, one of 4 titles in 2A

Shelby Haugen Notre Dame Fr. 300 hurdles Finished 4th in 4A-II at 47.60

Shanel Smith Valley Christian Jr. Long jump Captured 2A title at 18-9.5

Andrea Alley Valley Christian Jr. Triple jump Runner-up in 2A at 34-8.25

Gabrielle Siltanen Chaparral Sr. High jump Cleared 5-2 to win 4A-I title

Sarah Utley McClintock Sr. Shot put Placed 4th in 4A-I at 35 feet

Mandee Ungerer Paradise Valley Jr. Discus 5th place in 4A-I at 112-2

Sarah Mehan Valley Christian Jr. Pole vault Won 2A title at 10 feet

Athlete of the Year: Breanna Leslie, Valley Christian. Junior won both 2A hurdle events & two relays.

Coach of the Year: Dan Kuiper, Valley Christian. Has Trojans at 13 consecutive state titles — a national record — and counting.

Class 4A-1A Girls All-Tribune second team

Name School Yr. Event Comment

Kenesha Coleman Perry Fr. 100 Earned 4A-II title at 12.59

Brittany Parks Maricopa So. 200 Repeated as 3A state champ at 25.19

Ashton Wolf Valley Christian Fr. 400 Runner-up in 2A at 59.38

Ashley Workman Queen Creek So. 800 Finished 3rd in 4A-II at 2:19.33

Ashley Workman Queen Creek So. 1,600 Another 3rd place in 4A-II at 5:15.80

Natalie Omundson Cactus Shadows Jr. 3,200 11:52.65 at 4A-I state meet

Laura Brittain Tempe Prep Sr. 100 hurdles Claimed 4th in 1A at 18.24

Heather Sanders Higley Sr. 300 hurdles Finished 6th in 4A-II at 47.83

Robyn Robledo Tempe Prep Jr. Long jump 1A champ went 16-2 in prelims

Karis Peelan Higley Sr. Triple jump Went 34-7.25 to finish 3rd in 4A-II

Kelli Cwiekowski Paradise Valley Fr. High jump Placed 3rd in 4A-I at 5 feet

Marika Lemmons Notre Dame Sr. Shot put Runner-up in 4A-II at 37-01

Alexandra Stricklin Fountain Hills Sr. Discus Won 3A title at 109 feet

Liz Portanova Chaparral So. Pole vault Claimed 4A-I title at 10 feet

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