In an odd twist Deer Valley junior Trae Armstrong, who has claimed sprint titles at every big meet in the last two years, has the most trouble winning at his home meet.
For the second straight year Ironwood senior Isaiah Underwood, Armstong's Glendale rival, edged him out in the 100 meters in the Westside Invitational at Deer Valley.
Underwood won by one-hundredth of a second in 10.74, a reversal of the 2010 5A-II championships when Armstrong took home a state title by the same margin
Armstrong cruised to the 200 meter title in 21.67, with Underwood and Centennial sophomore Jalen Ortiz sitting out the finals.
Other local winners at the Westside Invitational were:
* Willow Canyon sophomore Kandice Yourist raced past teammate Makaela Pratt (a junior) in the 100 and 200. The duo led Willow Canyon to a 4x100 relay win. Yourist also reigned in the long jump.
* Liberty senior Ashley Kealamakia cruised to comfortable wins in the 400 and 800 meters. She also paced the winning 4x800 relay team.
* Sunrise Mountain senior Marcos Lopez won the boys 400 in 49.74.
* Deer Valley senior Josh Espinoza claimed both long-distance events, the 1,600 and 3,200.
* Deer Valley junior Tessa Kelley posted a 45.79 in winning the girls 300-meter hurdles.
* Valley Vista senior Darien Arledge-Felan bested the 300-meter hurdles field.
* Willow Canyon held off Ironwood in the boys 4x100 relay.
* Deer Valley's girls won the 4x400 relay. Armstong ans Espinoza led Deer Valley's boys to a win in the same event.
* Deer Valley sophomore Amanda Conlin, a defending state champion, won the shot put, while Valley Vista senior Demita Nyx took the discud title.
* Sunrise Mountain junior Emma Worlton leaped to a high jump title.
* Willow Canyon junior Kaelan Thomas posted the top long jump, while Valley Vista sophomore Avery Mickens comfortably claimed the triple jump.