Chandler Rotary

For the second year in a row, the Chandler Rotary track meet included a 100 meter race for wheelchair bound athletes as seen her in last year's starting line for the event.

Austin Field at Chandler High was lined with runners and competitors who wanted to take home gold medals Saturday for their teams at the 77th annual Chandler Rotary track meet.

The Chandler Rotary Track Meet included a special event this year, the Wheelchair 100. Three competitors were able to take part in this event that allowed them to show off their own skills.

The Rotary is a unique event, not just because of its elite field, but because team score is not kept so the athletes can compete using their individual skill and focus.

Destinee Jackson of the Gilbert High team started her preparation for the meet by getting pumped up with her team, but when she got to the field all the talking stopped.

“We listen to music on the bus, and we get here and put our headphones in and no more talking,” she said.

Jackson ran in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.67 seconds, and all though she did not place, she appreciates the fact that this sport is more than just about individual wins.

“(Gilbert) works together and we push each other during workouts and during meets,” she said.  “They’re always by my side.”

Adora Adams of Chandler High School placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.22 seconds. As a freshman, she was surprised and pleased by her great numbers.

“I was kind of nervous, but I actually did good,” she said.

This mid-season track meet helps competitors figure out what they need to improve on for the rest of their season. This meet also happens to determine some of the placement for the state competition.

Like most teams here, Desert Vista walked in confidently and wanted to take home the top spot at the end of the day.

“We were confident, we have a good group this year, a little younger,” said Cory Kraft, assistant pole vault coach. “We felt confident going into this week.”

He explained that for a lot of these teams this is the last chance to get their top numbers in before the Arcadia Invitational.

The Arcadia Invitational will be held in Los Angeles on April 7-8.

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