Marcus Flannigan has always been overshadowed in track and field by his twin sister Makaila, but Wednesday the Chandler senior emerged as a champion.
Beating out a field that included favorite Travonn White of Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Flannigan won the boys Division I championship in the long jump at Mesa Community College with a personal-best leap of 23 feet, 8 inches.
“This definitely surprised me,” Flannigan said. “I came in jumping only a 22-8. I was fourth in the state last year. To come up here and do a 23-8, that just justifies the work I put in.”
Phoenix Brophy Prep senior Devon Allen ran his usual fast 110-meter high hurdles preliminary, before turning it on in the 100 dash, sprinting past favorite Paul Lucas of Phoenix Mountain Pointe with a qualifying time of 10.56 seconds.
Allen said he wasn’t really trying to send a message to the sophomore, Lucas, who came in with the state’s fastest 100 time of 10.60. Lucas ran in the same heat as Allen, running it in 10.59.
The finals are Saturday at MCC.
“I just wanted to get out and see what I could do, because I haven’t had too many good 100s yet,” said Allen, who has signed with Oregon to play football and run track. “My legs were feeling good.”
Allen said he will wait and see Saturday whether to run four individual finals or take part in two relays.
He is the state record holder in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
Last year, he was edged out at the tape at state by Glendale Deer Valley’s Trae Armstrong in both the 100 and 200 dashes.
Allen ran his preliminary 110 high hurdles in 13.67. His state record time, set two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays, is 13.50.
“I just wanted to save some energy, get a good lane for finals,” Allen said.
Tucson Catalina Foothills captured the Division II boys 3,200 relay in 8 minutes, 4.76 seconds.
Tempe Corona del Sol, with Nathan Rodriguez running anchor, defended its Division I title in the 3,200 relay with a time of 7:51.19.
“We’re pretty happy with that,” Rodriguez said. “We were more focused on winning it and doing our best.”
Phoenix South Mountain’s Nic Mercer won the Division II boys discus and Phoenix Moon Valley’s Will Hooper won the Division II boys pole vault at 15 feet.
Phoenix Desert Vista senior Dylan Fischer won the Division I boys discus at 181-8.
Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor set a school record in the boys 400 relay at 41.32. It will be the favorite in Saturday’s finals.