Mau 18, 2005 - The Northwest and Foothills crowned several state champs, including an entire team, at the Class 4A and 5A track and field meets held between May 11 and May 14 in Phoenix.
Despite claiming just two individual state titles, the girls of Catalina Foothills won the Class 4A team championships May 14 at Mesa Community College.
The Falcons' amassed 78 total points, 33 more than the state runner up Cactus High School and more than the bottom 18 finishers combined. The state title is the first for the girls program.
Getting the Falcons numerous points was Lee Ann Felder who finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and 16th in the 100-meter hurdles.
The speedy Foothills squad paced its way to two individual state titles in the 4 X 800 meter relay and the 4X 400-meter relay. The Falcons also took second in the 400-meter relay. That speed came mostly on the legs of Felder who was joined by Echo Fallon, Sarah Monks and Emma Fried. The quartet shaved off nearly five minutes from its preliminary time, finishing in 3:59.96.
Following up the Foothills girls from the Northwest was Ironwood Ridge High School in ninth place with 22.5 points and Marana High School with 13 points and an 18th place showing.
Audrey Barbera highlighted the meet for IRHS. The sophomore claimed a state best in the girl's triple jump at 34 feet, 9 inches. Barbera also finished 20th in the girls 100 meter hurdles.
Marana's up and coming track and field outfit, finished 18th overall, even though the Tigers sent only five athletes to Mesa. Melinda Marks (see story page 54) finished tops for the Tigers-a fifth place showing in the 3200-meter run.
Also placing for Marana was Brittany Honea, 18th in the shot put, Amanda Leonard, 23 in the 100-meter dash, Steffani Liscum, 22 in the 100-meter hurdles and Joe Gatlin
On the boys side, IRHS placed the highest in team competition, once again in ninth place, this time with 26 points. Foothills fell in line in 14th place and 21 points. Marana took 30th of 45 schools with six points.
While a state title is new to Barbera, being No. 1 is nothing new for Daniel Borg.
Borg, of IRHS, returned to state prominence in the shot put with a toss of 56 feet, 4 inches. The senior missed out on two state championships when he finished second in the discus with a toss of 165 feet, 3 inches.
Last year, Borg took first in the Class 4A and Sonoran Region in the discus throw. Even with two state track and field titles in as many years, Borg will opt to play football in the fall for the University of Arizona where he will line up on the offensive line.
In the Class 5A, held May 11 and May 14 at Arizona State University, Canyon Del Oro High School took home a 15th place showing, 54 points off the leader Chandler High School.
CDO started off quick. Jordan Powell led a CDO barrage that landed the Dorados third after day one on May 11. The senior took first in the third flight of the boy's long jump with a leap of 22 feet 4.5 inches.
Wendy Pfau of Mountain View, with a time of 2 minutes, 22.46 seconds, finished third in state in the 800-meter run.