Phoenix Desert Vista’s Steve Figueroa and Gilbert’s Sierra Meyer more than made up for last year at the 5A-I state track and field championships. Figueroa was a favorite for the shot put title last year but scratched on all his throws.
On Thursday night at Desert Vista, Figueroa won the title by more than seven feet with a throw of 58 feet, 10.75 inches. Mesa’s Jose Bellorin was second with a 51-8 mark. Chris Figueroa was third and Kevin Brunstein was fifth as the Thunder rang up 20 points in that event.
“Those guys all really stepped us for us,’’ said Desert Vista coach Ryan Stanley, whose team is the defending champion and the overwhelming favorite to repeat.
Meyers, a junior, cleared only 5-0 in the girls high jump at the state meet last year. She went 5-5 on Thursday to edge Samantha Collins of Mesa Westwood.
“I redeemed myself tonight,’’ Meyers said.
Desert Vista jumped to an early lead in the boys team standings with 64.5 points. Mesa Mountain View was second with 27. Phoenix Xavier led the girls standings with 32 points. Phoenix Mountain Pointe was second with 18.
The 5A-I and 5A-II finals in most events are Saturday night at Desert Vista.
Brandin Bear of Mountain View took home the pole vault title, clearing 15-6, winning over Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s Clint Robison and Desert Vista’s Cory Kraft on the fewest misses. After the other two missed all their attempts at 15-9, Robison elected to go for 16 feet on his final vault and nearly made it.
“I just went for consistency tonight,’’ Bear said. “Clint made a great attempt. I’m really proud of him.”
Robison came in second.
John Kline, who earlier this season ran the fastest 800 meters in Arizona history, added the 5A-I title to his resumé. Kline, who qualified on time and not through the regional, was in the slow heat. But he managed an impressive 1:52.52, by far the fastest time in either heat. There’s no final for the 800 and the title is decided by heat times.
“I don’t know if I could have done better if I had someone with me,’’ Kline said.
Other state champions crowned included: Xavier’s Jessica Tonn, who won the girls 3,200 in 10:33.55.
Mischa Carson of Chandler won the girls triple jump in 38-0.5. Mesa Dobson freshman Hannah Carson won the discus with a 125-7 mark and D.J. Johnson of Mountain View won the boys 1,600 in 4:19.6, edging Nathan Mesta of Tucson.
Chandler’s Bryce Lamb won the boys long jump in 23-11.25.