Chandler High's streak of girls track state titles reaches 8

Chandler High's streak of girls track state titles reaches 8


Chandler High's streak of girls track state titles reaches 8


Chandler junior Ky Westbrook was excited about breaking the state record in the shot put during a Chandler city meet this year.

Photos: Arizona high school track and field – 2013

But not nearly as excited as she was Saturday, when she broke the girls 200-meter state record, leading Chandler to an eighth consecutive Division I track and field championship at Mesa Community College with 139 points.

Phoenix Desert Vista finished second and Mesa Mountain View finished third.

Westbrook won in 23.39 seconds, breaking former Peoria star Jessica Onynepunuka’s mark of 23.60 set in 2004.

“This is definitely more satisfying,” Westbrook said. “I have worked so hard for this record. I’ve been working all season for this. I felt like I had to come back after my 100.”

Early in the meet Saturday, Westbrook won the 100 in 11.45, the third-fastest in state history.

“Near the end I didn’t think I was going to get it, because, oh man, I almost died,” she said. “I just pushed through and got it.”

Teammate Makaila Flannigan showed off her big-meet abilities, capturing both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She did the same thing last year.

Flannigan, a senior, beat out Chandler senior Sherrelle Jordan in the 100 hurdles. Jordan came in the favorite as the only girl this season to run under 14 seconds. Flannigan got Jordan at the end, winning in 14.00.

Flannigan came back even stronger in the 300 hurdles, winning in 42.61, the third-fastest in state history. The second-fastest all-time came just before that when Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s Alyssa Thompson won the Division II title in 42.55.

“I know what I can do and I know what I’m going to do,” Flannigan said. “I just had a sense of peace running the race.

“I just want to thank God, my coaches and my family.”

Phoenix North Canyon sophomore Jasmine Stauffacher-Gray won her second consecutive 400 championship, this time in 55.41.

Chandler Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore leaped 19 feet, 9½ inches to take the long jump.


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