Brophy captures 2nd Arizona high school boys track title in 3 years

Brophy captures 2nd Arizona high school boys track title in 3 years

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Brophy captures 2nd Arizona high school boys track title in 3 years

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Bernie Montoya made sure he had his shoes — one blue, the other green — tied tight just before the gun sounded for the 1,600-meter final Saturday at Mesa Community College.

Photos: Arizona high school track and field – 2013

Losing a shoe was the last thing on his mind. The Yuma Cibola senior wanted to win back his pride and not lose the final lap to relentless Nathan Rodriguez of Tempe Corona del Sol.

With Rodriguez staying just ahead of him for three laps, Montoya turned it on in the final 400 meters, sprinting past Rodriguez and toward the state record of 4 minutes, 5.29 seconds, set two years ago by Tuba City’s Billy Orman.

Montoya won his third consecutive Division I championship in 4:05.89, less than a second off the record.

Afterward, the Arizona State-bound Montoya expressed surprise that he was only about a second off the state record.

“Oh, gosh, I didn’t realize we were running that fast,” he said.

Later in the night, Montoya broke the state record in the 800, clocking at 1:50.19.

“I give all the credit to (Rodriguez),” said Montoya, who lost a shoe the last two years in the 1,600 final but still won.

“He did most of the work out there. What he did was pretty incredible. I had that kick at the end to finish it.”

Phoenix Brophy Prep won its second state title in three years, scoring 85 points.

Tempe Corona del Sol finished second and Phoenix Mountain Pointe finished third.

Brophy senior Devon Allen captured a second consecutive Division I 110-high hurdles title with a time of 13.59 seconds, just off of his own state record 13.50.

He had an hour to recover for the 100, but finished second to Phoenix Mountain Pointe sophomore Paul Lucas, who ran the fifth-fastest time in Arizona history at 10.44 seconds. The state record is 10.33.

Allen was second to Lucas on Saturday in 10.58. Mountain Pointe’s Kejavon Moore was third at 10.76.

Allen finished strong, capturing the 300 hurdles in 36.87 and the 200 in a personal-record 20.98.

Lucas, who twice ran the 200 in 20.99 this year, was second in the 200 at 21.10.

“It’s good to go out with a championship in the sprints,” Allen said.

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