San Manuel competes in the smallest track and field division in the state, but senior Wayne Newman put up numbers Friday that would have put him in the finals of the biggest.
Newman ran the fastest qualifying times in Division IV in the 110-meter high hurdles at 14.37 seconds and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 38.69.
He will try to break those marks Saturday in the state championships at Mesa Community College.
“It’s the last state meet,” Newman said. “I give God all the glory. I just want to go out and have fun.”
Phoenix Arizona Lutheran Academy junior Josh Hoskinson won a state championship as a freshman in the 3,200 meters. He added a 1,600 title to his high school track and field résumé Friday, finishing six seconds faster than his previous best in 4 minutes, 20.19 seconds in the Division IV championships.
“I think halfway through I just re-engaged,” Hoskinson said. “I really wanted to start pulling away because I knew they’d catch me if I didn’t.”
Hoskinson finsished less than a second ahead of Tucson Pusch Ridge junior Kyle Cajero (4:21.10).
Gilbert Higley senior Tristan Dacosta crossed the finish line with disappointment after running the fastest preliminary time in the 100 meters Friday at Mesa Community College.
His time of 10.83 seconds leads all Division III sprinters heading into Saturday’s finals of the state track and field championships.
Dacosta will have to wait until then to break his personal record of 10.79.
“I feel like I let up,” Dacosta said. “My record is 10.79. I’m going to do this (Saturday).”
Dacosta hopes to lead Higley boys team to another state championship. He also will be a favorite in the 200.
Snowflake’s Dustin Shumway leads Division III 110 high hurdlers after he ran his heat in 14.87.
Sedona Red Rock senior Jacob Moore won the Division III shot put with a toss of 55 feet. Snowflake’s J.T. Bradley was second at 48-5 1/4.
Scottsdale Christian junior Mike Huls took the Division IV pole vault at 14-3.
Konnor Lee of St.Johns captured the Division IV triple jump at 44-6½. Snowflake senior Landon Godfrey took the Division III triple jump title at 45-4½.
Dayton Nussle of Valley Christian, in his first year competing in track and field, won the Division IV shot put at 46- 3/4.
Payson had the fastest 4×100 relay prelim in Division III at 42.77, and Glendale Joy Christian had the best Division IV time at 43.90.