Pusch Ridge takes title in Division IV girls track meet

Pusch Ridge takes title in Division IV girls track meet

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Pusch Ridge takes title in Division IV girls track meet

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The races came non-stop, one after another after another. It was hard enough keeping up with eight state track and field meets Saturday at Mesa Community College, let alone one.

So after a long, exhausting day, something was going to break down. It came at the scorers’ table. Apparently, there was a computer glitch in the team scoring for both boys and girls in Division IV.

But before that got straightened out, it was announced that Glendale Joy Christian boys were the state runnerup and Tempe Prep girls were the champions. Representatives from both schools were handed trophies.

Not so fast ….

After it came to the attention of the scorers that there were errors in some placements, there were some red faces and scrambling.

The public address announcer apologized and told those teams celebrating what they thought were theirs not to run off with the trophies yet.

Once it got straightened out, Joy Christian and and Tempe Prep had their trophies taken away.

Tucson Pusch Ridge was the actual girls team champion. Tempe Prep exchanged the girls championship trophy for the runnerup trophy. Scottsdale Prep went from not even being among the top five to finishing third. (Only the top two teams get trophies.)

On the boys side, Joy Christian moved from second to fourth, Morenci received the state runnerup prize and Phoenix Arizona Lutheran claimed the championship trophy. ALA was the only school announced right before the scoring snafu was discovered.

Tempe Prep junior Camille Zimmerman collected silver medals in the long jump (16 feet, 0.5 inches) and triple jump (35-0.5). Tempe Prep collected 18 points in the long jump and 13 in the triple jump.

Zimmerman also took part in the second-place 400-meter relay, where she teamed with Catherine Bryant, Sarah Casto, and Marie Bryant.

Tempe Prep finsihed second despite not having senior Claire Horvath, who had foot surgery and was forced to miss the season. According to Brittain, Horvath usually scored between 30 to 40 points in a meet.

St.John’s senior Savannah Brown used nervousness — not to mention a little bit of skill — in racing to a victory in the 400.

“That’s like only the fourth time I’ve run the 400, so I was pretty nervous,” said the BYU-bound Brown, who posted a time of 58.83 seconds. “But I’m elated to win. I’ve been working harder and just trying to enjoy the experience. I go through the race in my head beforehand, then just go hard and try and do whatever it takes to win.”

It was that exact formula Brown used earlier in the day as she also captured the gold medal in the 100 and the long jump.

Chandler Prep’s 400 relay team of Julia Chadwick, Sarah Strong, Megan Meyer, and Maddie Ryan, who cruised to a first-place medal with a time of 52.65 seconds for the school’s first state championship in any sport.

Tucson Pusch Ridge senior Sarah Macdonald won the 800 and 1,600.

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