The Queen Creek boys track and field team needed big performances from its best athletes Saturday at Mesa Community College. The Bulldogs got what they needed and repeated as team champions.
Queen Creek won the Division II title with 58.5 points to once again get past Canyon del Oro at 48. Notre Dame Prep finished third with 44.
The Bulldogs beat Canyon del Oro by a point in last year’s 4A Division II meet.
“It’s definitely a different, more satisfying feeling,” coach Fred Claire said. “Going to this four division format, you never know what is going to happen. We sure didn’t know.”
Colton Lock and Todd Kirschner led the Bulldogs’ attack. Lock won the 300 hurdles (38.18) and finished sixth in the 100. Kirschner placed second in the 400 (49.32), third in the 200 and sixth in the 100.
“Winning is always the goal,” Lock said. “Especially as a senior you want to go out on top.”
In the girls division, Kylee Kieser capped her spectacular career with a couple more victories for Marcos de Niza, which finished sixth (36) in the team standings behind champion Canyon del Oro (76.5).
Kieser, who transferred to Marcos from Casa Grande this school year, won the 1,600 (5:04), anchored the 3,200 relay (9:42) to a victory and school record time and then finished second in the 3,200.
“I wouldn’t change my year for anything,” said Kieser, who won a cross country state title this past fall. “I usually am a better 3,200 runner. I don’t know what happened. Maybe I’m tired. But this was an awesome year.”
Martwon Weaver earned an individual title for the Marcos boys team, winning the 100 in 11.02.
“I talked it over with my coach, I came back and it has worked out,” said Weaver, who was dismissed from last year’s team. “It feels great to be here.”
Weaver also anchored Padres’ 400 relay team to a second place finish in :42.19.
In other Division 2 action, Saguaro’s Jake Wynn placed second in the 1,600 (4:25) and Brian Canavan won the 400 (48.73).