Chandler's Ky Westbrook sets records

Chandler's Ky Westbrook sets records

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Chandler's Ky Westbrook sets records

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Chandler sprinter Ky Westbrook had been struggling a bit this season with her start in the 100-meter race.

And a jittery Westbrook said it was weighing heavily on her mind at the start line Saturday at the Chandler Rotary Invitational.

“Honestly I was scared I was going to get stuck in the blocks, that’s how nervous I was,” she said.

But Westbrook didn’t get stuck, in fact she created a gap so large that it appeared almost as though the other runners were moving in slow motion. She cruised to victory in the 100 meters in 11.47 seconds, a meet record.

Westbrook was four-tenths of a second faster than anyone in the field Saturday and her time is 0.17 of a second off the state record. She now holds the fastest time in the nation in the event this season.

“After about 50 meters, I kind of felt that I was by myself,” Westbrook said. “But once the competition goes away, you just have to focus on yourself.”

Westbrook also anchored Chandler in the winning 400-meter relay and won the 200 meters in 23.64, another meet record.

Chandler was well-represented on the girls side Saturday. Imani Adams won the 400 in 56.53 and Sherrelle Jordan won the 100 hurdles in 13.76.

Jordan, who also set a meet record, said she was in the zone Saturday.

“That was the most focused I’ve ever been,” she said. “I didn’t hear anything. I wasn’t looking at anything but the finish line.”

Jordan’s time is the third fastest ever in the state. She now has her sights set on the state record at 13.6 seconds.

Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s Andy Trourard won the boys 1,600 in 4 minutes, 8.28 seconds. His time broke the meet record held by Yuma Cibola’s Bernie Montoya.

Trourard hung with the front pack and took the lead with about 500 meters to go.

“I was still so nervous because I saw someone’s shadow right behind me and I know Bernie’s kick is amazing so I was scared,” he said. “Once I hit 200 meters, I picked it up and I was going all out and I knew by then that even if someone passed me, I could pass them right back. I was feeling good.”

Montoya, the defending champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, was fifth Saturday.

Other champions included Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Paul Lucas (100 meters), Gilbert Highland’s Kristi Rush (1,600 meters), Glendale Deer Valley’s Amanda Conlin (pole vault), Mesa Westwood’s Christian Clark (400 meters), Chandler Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore (high jump) and Phoenix Desert Vista’s Dylan Fischer (discus) and Desert Vista’s Danielle Jones (800 meters).

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