West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, April 13, 2012
D.E. track performing well despite late start
by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor
View file photo by Ray Thomas
MILLENNIUM LINEBACKER JAMES DOPSON (45) helps bring down Westview’s Jordan Champion during a 2010 game. Dopson is among 225 high school and college athletes receiving recognition for their dedication to strength training and conditioning.
Millennium duo gains national recognition
by Mike Russo sports editor
A pair of Millennium High School students was among 225 collegiate and high school athletes nationwide recently honored for their dedication to strength training and conditioning.
Taylor Hamlet, senior volleyball outside/ middle hitter, received All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year awards from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Both athletes were recommended for the award
James Dopson, senior linebacker, and
by Derek Drumtra, Millennium strength and conditioning coach and a performance specialist at Foothills Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centers, where both Dopson and Hamlet train, participating in the Foothills Acceleration and Sports Training program.
“The program is designed to improve strength and speed,” Drumtra said. “Everything about the program is evidence based. There is no fade training. “The cornerstones of FAST are the
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Desert Edge hasn’t spent much time on the track this year, but when it got the chance to compete last week, the Scorpions excelled. Desert Edge’s boys were first and its girls second at the Phoenix Christian Twilight Qualifier track and field meet April 4. It was just the third event of the year for the Scorpions, as two of their prior dual meets had been cancelled. “I have no idea why they were cancelled,” coach Rich Wellbrock said. “We kind of bobbed and weaved and Phoenix Christian was nice enough to let us into their qualifier and our kids did really well.”
Only 27 athletes competed for the Scorpions in the meet, but 15 reached provisional qualifying marks for the state tournament.
shoulder in the 100 and 200. He’s doing a great job and putting himself in position to see what he can do once May and state comes around.” K.J. Sells, Tyler Davis and Anthony Fletcher also ran on the 4x100 relay. Colton Browne was fifth in two events,
finishing the 200 in 23.79 and the 400 in 52.78. Devonte Davis shined in distance
events, scoring a third-place finish in the 1,600 (4:58.28) and a fourth in the 3,200 (10:34.87). Blake Bradford was fifth in the mile at 5:04.13. Desert Edge’s other two relays also did well, as the 4x400 took second in 3:35.35 with Browne, Davis, Clark and Niko Garcia combining for that. Comprising the 4x800 unit was Browne, Davis, Garcia and Bradford, and they finished third in 8:45.87.
“The kids did an outstanding job,” Wellbrock said. “We only took 27 kids because it was such late notice that we jumped into the meet. But the kids had 66 opportunities and we had 51 [personal records]. It was a great meet for the kids to see their hard work come to fruition.” The boys had a pair of champions, as Anthony Fletcher won two events and almost had a third, but teammate Bryan Castaneda barely beat him in the shot put. Fletcher was the 110-meter hurdles champion, running the race in 15.74 seconds. He also won the discus with a heave of 131 feet, 11 inches. In the shot, Castaneda edged out Fletcher by a quarter of an inch. Castaneda’s throw was 47-6.75. “It was a deal made before the season with [Fletcher] that he didn’t have to run the 300 hurdles if he did the shot and discus,” Wellbrock said. “Anthony, being Anthony, of course is excelling at that.” Instead, Chris Clark picked up the slack in the hurdles. He was the runner-up to Fletcher in the 110s with a time of 16.31. Clark finished third in the 300 hurdles at 43.47. “Chris Clark is probably the hardest
“The kids did an outstand- ing job. We only took 27 kids because it was such late notice that we jumped into the meet. But the kids had 66 opportunities and we had 51 [personal records]. It was a great meet for the kids to see their hard work come to fruition.”
Desert Edge track coach — Rich Wellbrock
In addition to Castaneda and Fletcher in the throwing events, Desert Edge had Nathan Holman place fifth in the shot at 40-4.25, while Teddy Tesmer was fourth in the discus at 117-06.
to PR every time they step into the ring.”
“Our throwers are doing very well,” Wellbrock said. “We have between 20 and 22 throwers and all of them are doing well and continue
working guy on our team,” Wellbrock said. “He’s another kid that’s dropped off, it seems like, three-tenths every time he runs the 110 hurdles, and at least almost a second every time he runs the 300 hurdles.” Cameron Davis was second in a pair of races, as he ran the 100 dash in 11.27 and the 200 in 22.71. He also ran a leg of the 4x100 relay that finished third in 46.08. “Cameron is doing really well,”
Wellbrock said. “He had some struggles near the end of the year last year, but he ran against one of the top kids in the state from [Phoenix] South Mountain and performed real well, just being off his
Girls finish second On the girls’ side, Janelle Scott was a double champion, winning both the long and triple jumps. She leaped 15-9.75 in the former and 33-0.5 in the latter. “It was her first time triple jumping in a meet, and it popped her up into the top 10 in Division II, and she won the long jump and both were provisional qualifiers,” Wellbrock said. Brittany Reed and Haley Dawson were also individual champions. Reed won the 100 dash in 12.98, while Dawson was victorious in the 100 hurdles in 15.63. “Brittney Reed finally broke the 13-second barrier,” Wellbrock said. “It’s been a two-year struggle for her but she finally broke it and won the 100. She ran an excellent 200 time, the first time she ran it this year. It puts her in top 10 of state in Division II.” Reed’s 26.64 in the 200 was good for second place. Dawson did not compete in the 300 hurdles or else she would have likely placed high in those as well. “Because the meet was so condensed we
wanted to go ahead and run our 4x4, we ended up running a really good 4x4, and there was only 20 minutes in between,” Wellbrock said. The 4x400 won in 4:20.01. Dawson, Reed, Halimah Alkhatib and Elizabeth Heinz combined for that victory.
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