Ky Westbrook’s standards are so high, it was hard for her to hide the disappointment of running an average race despite easily winning the 100-meter dash on Saturday.
When she flashed a smile after finishing the 200 a few hours later, the news figured to be very good.
Westbrook set a state record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.39 seconds, capping another dominant individual performance for the Chandler junior in the state track and field championships at Mesa Community College. She surpassed the previous mark of 23.60 seconds, set by Peoria’s Jessica Onyepunuka in 2004.
Westbrook won state titles in the 100, 200 and shot put, leading the Wolves (139 points) to the Division I girls team championship. It was the eighth consecutive state title for Chandler.
Westbrook was purposely held out of the 4x100 relay so she could be rested enough to go for the 200-meter record.
“I felt like I had to come back,” she said. “It’s not like the 100 wasn’t good, but I really wanted to do better. I feel like I got a really good start and I came off the turn really fast. But then I died. I didn’t think I was going to get it. Oh, man, I died, but I just pushed through it.”
Teammate Makaila Flannigan swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 42.61 seconds in the 300 was the third-fastest in state history.
Flannigan came into the 100-meter hurdles as the underdog to fellow Wolves star Sherrelle Jordan, but pulled out the victory for her second straight championship in the event. She finished in 14.00 seconds, seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Jordan.
Despite running slower than Jordan during the season, Flannigan was confident heading into the race.
“You just have to feel a sense of peace and you’ll be good, because when you’re nervous that’s all you think about,” Flannigan said, “You just have to think about what you can do and know you can do the best.”
Desert Vista’s Dani Jones was also impressive, capturing the 800 and 1,600-meter races on Wednesday and anchoring the Thunder’s 4x800-meter relay team to victory on Saturday. Jones finished with three titles and a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. Her performance helped the Thunder to a second place overall finish with 84 points. Mountain View came in third (61 points), followed by Highland (46) and Xavier (38.5).
Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 9.5 inches and came in second in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches. She also finished in third place in the 100 hurdles.
Xavier’s Sarah Fakler won the 3,200-meter run in 10:30.34. Desert Vista’s Makenzie Holmes-Digiovine won the discus, beating teammate Victoria Wadsworth. The Thunder’s Vanessa Davis won the pole vault.
Gilbert senior Lauren Hicks won the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 11.75 inches.