There were four stars on the night that can not - and were not - denied.

Arete Prep’s Crystal Akpede, Seton Catholic’s Luke Zuluaga and Gilbert Christian’s Logan Pinkerton and Chandler Prep’s Donovan Fiore ended the track seasons without abandonment.

Akpede won four Division IV golds before moving on to University of Arizona as she won the 100 (12.43), the 400 (58.34), 200 (25.37) and the long jump (17-10.50).

“It’s a great way to finish my career,” Akpede said. “It’s been a great four years. I’ve accomplished quote a bit, but once I get to Arizona and get individual coaching I can’t wait to see how much I can improve.”

Zuluaga won the Division III 100 (10.92), the anchor on the 4x100 (43.42), 400 (49.47) and the 200 (21.84).

Possibly the most impressive feat of the night was the distance Zuluaga made up to give the Knights the win in the 4x100.

Seton Catholic was in fifth when he took the baton from Brandon Garcia.

"We were way behind," Garcia said. "He took it from me, put his head off and just took off. It was unbelievable."

Fiore won the Division IV in the 400 (50.57), second in the DIV 100, 4x400 gold and helped Chandler Prep to a school-best third place finish.

Pinkerton helped the Knights to the DIV 4x800 title, finished second in the 1600 (4:35.97) and won the 800 (2:01.80).

“I love this race,” he said of the 800. “It’s just enough speed added to endurance. This one has strategy as well. Go out fast and hold on. You hear some footsteps and the you have to dig deeper.”

His teammates on the 4x800 (8:12.77) were Caleb Young, Colton Gianlorio and Blake Kelly.

Chandler Prep also did well on the girls side as Olivia Mountain finished second in the 800 and Arete Prep had another champion in senior shot putter Jamie Young (36-05.5).

Contact writer (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@evtrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda.

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