It is still relatively early in the track season but several Agua Fria competitors have already turned in outstanding performances.
The most recent came during the 74th annual Chandler Rotary Invitational March 21 at Chandler High School.
The Owls produced a pair of champions.
Archie Rice turned in a season-best performance in winning the pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches, a foot higher than the runner-up.
“Archie did a good job,” coach Jarred Perkins said. “He’s only been pole vaulting the equivalent of a couple of weeks.”
Jaylon Green won the triple jump at 41-09.75, 8.75 inches farther than the runner-up.
“He’s been jumping very well,” Perkins said. “He is jumping in the upper 40s [feet in practice]. He jumped 42-9, a personal-best, at Verrado [March 19].”
Green also cleared 5-07 to tie for ninth in the high jump.
“He’s only a sophomore and will get even better,” Perkins said.
Mufasa Guerrero did well in the distance races. He finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:03.63 and he placed eighth in the 1,600, recording a time of 4:44.11.
“Mufasa is running very well and he is not at full strength yet,” Perkins said.
Guerrero, Pablo Rascon, Andrew Floyd and Edgard Nimenya combined to run the 4x800 in 8:43.28 to take seventh.
For the Lady Owls, Emerald Goodman was fourth in the shot put at 31-02. She placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 85-03.
Cheyenne Footracer tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing 4-07. She also placed 14th in the pole vault at 7-00, the same height that earned a tie for ninth. However, Footracer was relegated to 14th based upon misses.
“She’s such a gifted kid,” Perkins said. “She vaulted 7 feet at Chandler using a pole she had never used before.
“She also runs on 4x800 and 4x400 relays. She ran a 62 [-second] split in the 4x400 at Verrado.”
Asaish Hooks leaped 30-07 to place seventh in the triple jump. She went 37-00 to win the event at Verrado.
Rattler Booster Invitational
The track teams opened the season with the boys finishing 13th out of 21 teams at the Rattler Booster Invitational March 8 at Phoenix North Canyon High School. The girls were 19th.
Marquice Paige won the 100-meter dash in 11.31 seconds.
“That’s a good time for early in the season,” Perkins said. “He went through his ups and down, deciding if he wanted to run track this year. He came out and crammed several practices into a couple of days and did well.”
Guerrero placed 10th in the 800, recording a time of 2:06.73.
He then finished seventh in the 1,600, posting a time of 4:43.42, and was sixth in the 3,200 in 10:11.10.
Green was ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-05.
The boys 4x100 squad finished eighth in 45.32. Team members were Gerald Jones, Green, Tyrin Magee and Jaleen Thompson.
“Gerald Jones is an integral part of the 4x100 [team],” Perkins said. “He also competes in the 110 hurdles.
Magee, a freshman, is a very promising sprinter, Perkins said.
The Lady Owls’ top performance at the meet was turned in by the 4x100 relay, which was fifth in 51.91. Comprising the team were Sariah Green, Angel Wilkins, Mackenzie Brown and Tamsin Andres.
Goodman was 11th in the shot put at 29-00.
Footracer tied for 10th in the high jump, clearing 4-06, and she tied for 12th in the pole vault at 7-06.
Tatum Foster has had some early season success in the pole vault.
“She went 9-09 at Verrado,” Perkins said. “That is a state-qualifying height but it was not in a state-qualifying meet.”
Hooks was seventh in the long jump at 14-04.5.
Perkins is pleased with the progress the teams are making.
“The boys are young, deep and talented,” Perkins said. “The girls are not as deep but are talented.”
Agua Fria will compete in the Tiger Relays at Millennium, starting at 2 p.m. today, and will then host Glendale Copper Canyon and La Joya at 3:30 p.m. April 2.
Mike Russo can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.