All-Tribune First Team
Event Name Yr. School Comment
100 Ky Westbrook Fr. Chandler Surprise Div. I champ, had best of 11.94 (non wind-aided)
200 Ky Westbrook Fr. Chandler Her strength really showed in this race, was Div. I champ
400 Destiny Lundy Sr. Hamilton Saved best for Div. I meet, winning in 55.85
800 Yasmine Yacut Sr. Desert Vista Was back-to-back champ; PR of 2:14.19
1,600 Sarah Fakler So. Xavier Best time in Div. I (4:54.39), won state title by over 8 seconds
3,200 Sarah Fakler So. Xavier Led strong Gators’ distance squad with best of 10:35.48
100 HH Sherelle Jordan So. Chandler Strong season capped by state title; best time was 14.14
300 IH Victoria McArthur Sr. Hamilton Ran best race in Div. I finals to win in 43.74
LJ Jasmine Todd Jr. Chandler State-title winning leap of 19-6 1/2 was best in state
TJ Jasmine Todd Jr. Chandler Set all-time state record early in season of 41-5
HJ Ashlee Moore Fr. Hamilton Burst onto scene with jump of 5-10, best-ever by a freshman
PV Lindsay Pew Sr. Mountain View Was steady all season, won state title with 12-5 vault
SP Hannah Carson Sr. Chandler Didn’t lose to an Arizona competitor all season; best of 45-6
Discus Hannah Carson Sr. Chandler Was rarely under 140; threw 159-4 to win Div. I title
Girls track athlete of the year: Hannah Carson, Chandler
Coach of the year: Melissa Brittain, Tempe Prep: Brittain doesn’t make excuses for the lack of facilities on her campus, she just went about her business, building a team that ended the greatest girls track dynasty in the country. The Knights stopped Valley Christian’s record run of 15 straight state titles and did it with just one state champion, Kayla Beene in the 400.
All-Tribune Second Team
Event Name Yr. School Comment
100 Tope Williams Fr. Chandler Bright future ahead; already has run 12.13
200 Alexis Roberts So. Chandler Was 2nd in Div. I in 200 (24.73) and 400
400 Kayla Beene Sr. Tempe Prep Grabbed team’s only state gold medal with PR of 60.72
800 Tess Berghoff Sr. Arcadia Capped stellar career with Div. II title; had PR of 2:14.63
1,600 Kristy Rush So. Highland Was 3rd in Div. I with a best of 5:04.24
3,200 Daylee Burr Sr. Xavier Was 2nd in Div. I, ran 10:59.46
100 HH Kenesha Coleman Sr. Higley Div. III state champ; was 2nd in 100 and 200 to lead team to title
300 IH Makaila Flannigan So. Chandler Div. I runner-up; her best time was 43.90
LJ Alexis Clay Sr. Chandler Had strong season; was 2nd in Div. I with jump of 18-61/4
TJ Bacall Sterling Jr. Chandler Div. I runner-up went 38-11; only Todd was better in state
HJ Dana McKenzie Jr. Corona del Sol Placed 3rd in Div. I; had personal-best of 5-6
PV Chandler Fraley Jr. Valley Christian Div. IV state champ; cleared 11-4
SP Jessica Schmitt Sr. Dobson Came on strong late; was Div. I runner-up
Discus Kadie McNamara Sr. Desert Vista Air Force-bound thrower had PR of 134-7
Memorable Moments from the 2011 season
Queen of the runway: A new state record was set early in the season by Chandler junior Jasmine Todd. On her home track at the Chandler Rotary Invitational, Todd went 41-5 in the triple jump to fly past the old state record of 40-11. Todd later won the 100 at the Rotary, but suffered a hamstring injury in the process that kept her from competing fully until the state meet.
End of an era: Valley Christian broke a national record last year when the Trojans won their 15th straight state championship. That streak, however, came to an end when Tempe Prep won the Division IV title by 9.5 points (97.5-88). The Trojans got the most they could expect out of their two stars, Sidney Tassieli and Ashton Wolf, but they just didn’t have the depth that they had in the past.
New heights: Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore became the first freshman in Arizona history to clear 5-10 in the high jump. Moore set the mark in the Division I state meet and moved well past the old mark of 5-8 1/2, set in 1978 by Buena’s Theresa Feuerback. Next in Moore’s sights is getting into Arizona’s all-time top 5. To get on that list, Moore will need to jump 5-10 1/2. The all-time record is 6-0 1/2, set by Gilbert’s Jeana McDowell in 1996.
Impact newcomers: This season saw an abundance of freshmen who made huge contributions to their teams. Chandler had more than its fair share of talented newcomers, with Ky Westbrook, Tope Williams and Imani Adams in the sprints and Bianca Finn in the shot put. Higley won the Div. III state title thanks in large part to freshman Darreyl Woodson, who was second in the long jump, third in the 100, fourth in the 200 and anchored the Knights’ winning 4x400 relay team. Plus there was Moore, Xavier’s Shelby Brown and Tempe Prep’s Marie Bryant who all placed in their respective state meets.