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05/18 - 5A Track - Toros win boys title; Thunder girls second

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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2003 12:42 am | Updated: 1:27 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

TUCSON • It wasn't its best performance of the year, but Mountain View High School got enough points to win the 5A boys state track title while the Desert Vista girls finished 6 1/2 points behind first-place Peoria.

Without a victory and only one second-place finish, the Toros totaled 43 1/2 points, edging Mountain Pointe (41) and Highland (40 1/2 ) in competition Saturday night at Roy P. Drachman Stadium at the University of Arizona.

The Thunder girls earned 84 1/2 points, just behind Peoria's 91. Chandler had 55 for third and Mountain View (36 1/2 ) and Red Mountain (35) were fifth and sixth, respectively.

But the night really belonged to Steve Koehnemann. The Corona del Sol senior won the 100 meters and anchored the state champion 400 relay team. Koehnemann, who is headed to Arizona State, ran 10.54 seconds in the 100, a quarter-second faster than second-place Keegan Herring of Phoenix Trevor Browne.

Then, Koehnemann ran an unofficial, hand-timed 10.2 in the anchor leg of the relay, edging three other runners. Corona finished in a school-record 41.92, .04 ahead of Yuma Cibola.

"We just wanted him to look good," said Jon Kaufman, who ran the third leg. "We just wanted to give the stick to Steve — he's our boy. We just have to do our job, and he'll do his."

Koehnemann was happy to get the state title after injuring himself in the 200 preliminaries a year ago and not getting to run in the 100 finals.

"I'll never get that back, but this helps," Koehnemann said. "I was hoping to go under 10.51."

Koehnemann said he still has some competitions to go this year.

The Gilbert 3,200 relay team pulled off its best performance of the year at the right time.

The team of Alan Farnes, Hunter Schwarz, Matt Mitchell and J.P. Kaal took the lead on the first leg, briefly fell behind and then posted a school record 7:55.62, more than five seconds better than second-place Phoenix South Mountain.

"We made a decision to go out from the beginning, and it worked," said Farnes, who ran first.

"Yeah, we won," answered Schwarz. "We were more aggressive. We had been taking the conservative route, but it wasn't working as well."

South Mountain finished in 8:01.13. Desert Mountain (8:04.65) was third and Mountain View (8:04.71) fourth.

Meanwhile, Tomas Navarro wasn't fazed in being upset by Shawn Best of Sierra Vista Buena in the shot put. Navarro, the top seed who has thrown over 62 feet, tossed the 12-pound weight 60 feet, 11 inches on Saturday night. But Best, the No. 2 seed, threw 62-2.

"No regrets," Navarro said. "I did my best, but it wasn't good enough. I'm still very happy."

Navarro said he was done competing in the 12-pound shot put. He is taking some time off before deciding if he will compete at the Olympic 16-pound level.

On the girls side, Desert Vista, with its two wins in Wednesday's competition, earned a second-place finish but couldn't overcome the juggernaut of Peoria's Jessica and Judith Onyepunuka. The sisters finished first and second, respectively, in the 100 and 200 while freshman Judith won the 400, and Jessica anchored the winning 400 relay.

But Mountain View's Rachel Christensen caught Gilbert's Jaelee Martinez in the last 200 meters and held on for the victory in the 800 meters.

The Chandler 1,600-meter relay team completed a sweep of the long relays with a win on Saturday at 3:54.22, more than five seconds ahead of Phoenix North Canyon (3:59.94) and Corona del Sol (4:00.88).

Yuma's Jacquelyn Johnson was a one-woman show, winning the long jump (19-9 1/2) and the 100 hurdles — in state record time of 13.60.

Nikki Martin of Desert Vista finished fourth in the 200, Tara Cozetto was seventh in the 300 hurdles. Martin and Nadia Mathews were third and fifth in the long jump for the Thunder.

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