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Jacob Cowing and P.J. Austin show off their gold medals.

 

The Arizona Interscholastic Association hosted the State Track and Field Championships on May 2-5 at Mesa Community College. The Maricopa High School boys finished seventh in the team standings, and the girls placed 36th. May 10, some participated in the Arizona Meet of Champions. The following athletes set a school, meet and/or state records in their events during the 2018 season:

Boys at State
Longman Pyne, Jacob Cowing, Phillip “P.J.” Austin, Francois (Frank) Jones, 4×100 Relay: 41.51 (best of meet, school record and 1st place)
Phillip “P.J.” Austin, senior, long jump: 24-1.25 (school record and 2nd place)
Logan Taylor, junior, 110-meter high hurdles: 14.64 (school record and 4th place)
Logan Taylor, junior, 300-meter low hurdles: 39.66 (school record and 5th place)

Logan Taylor

Girls at State
Shannon Coutré, junior, 400-meter dash: 58.82 (school record and qualified for final)
Italy Brookshire, junior, high jump: 5-2 (school record and seventh place)
Sydni Callis, Destinee Chavis, Jakayla Shaw, Shannon Coutré, 4×100 Relay: 50.30 (school record)

Shannon Coutre

Boys at Meet of Champions
Phillip “P.J.” Austin, senior, long jump: 24-1.25 (1st place)
Longman Pyne, Jacob Cowing, Phillip “P.J.” Austin, Francois (Frank) Jones, 4×100 Relay: 41.86 (1st place)
Logan Taylor, junior, 110-meter high hurdles: 14.74 (3rd place)

Girls at Meet of Champions
Italy Brookshire, junior, high jump: 5-2 (second place)

Boys 2018 Season
Jacob Cowing, junior, 100-meter dash: 10.87 (school record)
Francois (Frank) Jones, senior, 200-meter dash: 21.75 (school record)
Tylen Riley-Coleman, junior, shot put: 49-2.5 (school record and qualified for state)
Tylen Riley-Coleman, junior, discus: 144-4 (school record and qualified for state)
Devin Parady, senior, javelin: 152-0 (school record and qualified for state)
Samual Coles, senior, pole vault: 12-10 (school record and qualified for state)

Girls 2018 Season
Zanaa Ramirez, sophomore, 1-mile run: 6:28.15 (school record)
Tayler Riley-Coleman, sophomore, 100-meter intermediate hurdles: 17.52 (school record)
Ashlynn Jones, Zanaa Ramirez, Jakayla Shaw, Shannon Coutré, 4×400 Relay: 4:15.82 (school record and qualified for state)
Isabella Moe, sophomore, javelin: 85-4 (school record)


This item appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

Longman Pyne (right) hands off to Jacob Cowing in the 4x100-meter relay Saturday at Mesa Community College. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A decisive victory in what is arguably track’s most exciting event capped off an impressive showing for Maricopa High School in the Arizona Track & Field Championships.

The boys’ 4×100-meter relay team fulfilled its own expectations of itself with both the gold and a school record. The squad of Longman Pyne, Jacob Cowing, P.J. Austin and Frank Jones won the Division II competition in 41.51, which bested all teams in all divisions Saturday.

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“We ran the fastest overall time in the state, beating even the D1 teams. It’s just an amazing feeling,” Jones said.

The win earned hugs from head coach Sheldon Hutchinson, who noted it was his first state champion relay team.

Their previous fastest time had been 43.35. Cowing is the only junior among seniors on the team. The same team combination placed third last year.

Austin was coming off a second-place performance in the long jump, leaping 23-2. He later finished seventh in the 200-meter dash in 22.19.

Meanwhile, junior Logan Taylor is already looking forward to next year after solid runs in his two hurdling events. Taylor earned a place on the medal stand in the 110-meter high hurdles by finishing fourth in 14.83. He then set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles by hitting 39.66 while finishing fifth.

“I didn’t place, but that wasn’t the goal going into it,” Taylor said. “It was to PR [set a personal record], and to get the school record. I succeeded in what I went into the race to do.”

Senior Devin Parady placed ninth in the triple jump in 42-6.75 and was 17th in the javelin throw in 132-3. Junior Tylen Coleman was 12th in the discus throw in 142-8 and in the shot put in 45-5. He was 19th in javelin with 124-5.

Maricopa girls had a tougher go. Only junior Shannon Coutré made it to Saturday’s finals, setting another school record in the 400 in the process. But in the final, she was one of two girls injured and was unable to finish.

 

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Devin Parady (pictured in an earlier meet) set a personal record in the triple jump during the state championships. Photo by Joycelyn Cabrera

Saturday will be a busy day for Maricopa student-athletes.

Several competitors from Maricopa High School advanced from preliminaries into the finals of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Sequoia Pathway baseball team is returning to the Canyon Athletic Association championship game.

The MHS boys 4×100-meter relay team set the top time Wednesday in qualifying for the May 5 Division II competition. The team of Longman Pyne, Jacob Cowing, Phillip Austin and Frank Jones ran the lap in 42.36. In most competitions, the top nine advanced to the final.

Junior Logan Taylor was second in the preliminaries for the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.81. He also qualified for the finals in the 300-meter hurdles with a ninth-place finish in 40.42.

Austin, a senior, placed sixth in the 200-meter dash prelims in 22.15. Junior Italy Brookshire was seventh in the girls’ high jump in 5-2. Junior Shannon Coutre was eighth in the girls’ 400-meter dash prelim by lowering her school-record time to 58.82. Senior Devin Parady was ninth in the boys’ triple jump in 42-6.75, a personal record.

Junior Tylen Coleman was placed in the flight 1 finals of both discus and javelin. Austin was placed in flight 2 finals of the long jump.

The Maricopa girls’ 4×100 team of Sydni Callis, Destinee Chavis, Jakayla Shaw and Alayja Reynolds achieved the status of second alternate for the finals by running 50.30 and finishing 11th in the preliminaries.

While MHS track is competing at Mesa Community College, the Puma baseball team will play at Surprise Baseball Stadium against top-seeded American Leadership Academy-Gilbert for the charter title. Pathway defeated South Pointe 4-3 to reach the final.

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Longman Pyne, Jacob Cowing and Philip Austin are part of the 4x100-meter relay team.

By Joycelyn Cabrera

After taking bronze medals in the track & field state championships last year, Maricopa High School’s 4×100-meter relay team is hungry for more. Consisting of junior Jacob Cowing and seniors P.J. Austin, Frank Jones and Longman Pyne, the team’s top time of 42.35 (accomplished at the Greenway Invitational April 7 and better than their state time of 42.76 last year) is the second-best in Division II and qualifies them for the Arizona Interscholastic Association competition this week.

The team talked to InMaricopa intern Joycelyn Cabrera about what’s ahead.

Learn about other qualifiers and see an MHS track & field gallery below


What are you expecting from State this time around?

Longman Pyne: “This year our mind is set on gold, but just being able to go there again and compete among the best is an accomplishment.”

Jacob Cowing: “I’d say we’re just trying to win the meet this year. We came up short last year, so it’s time to get a win for all the seniors who are going out this year. And for our 4×100, we got third, so we’re trying to win it this year in D2.”

Frank Jones: “Individually, we want to set high standards, make state records and such.”

Francois “Frank” Jones running as the anchor on the 4×100-meter relay team. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Phillip Austin: “It feels great. It feels very important to be the best Maricopa has, and to be top 5 in state overall.”

Cowing: “I think it’s important for us and for Maricopa to be considered one of the best. Also, the middle school kids coming up and trying to have a competing time after we leave from our high school time – it’s kind of important to our community that we’re here to compete with others.”

Jones: “It’s important because our relay team is doing something that no other [MHS] relay team has ever done. We’re basically setting a legacy that younger generations like the elementary schoolers and the middle schoolers can have – to see what they can do.”

How do you prepare for competition individually and as a team?

Pyne: “I just try to block out everything that doesn’t have to do with competing. I go to my happy place and zone in. To get prepared as a team, we practice our exchanges vigorously throughout the week.”

Jones: “I just put a standard in my head, like ‘what time do I need to hit,’ personally. I focus on that all week and during practices. As a team, we really just come together in our 4×100 and do what we need to do – run fast and compete with the best.”

Austin: “Our coach has high expectations every week. He sets what we’re supposed to do, and then when it comes meet time, focus, listen to what he tells us to do. For our 4×100, we as a team have great chemistry, so it starts to become easy.”


MHS athletes also rank high in individual events. Junior Logan Taylor has Division II’s second-best time in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.64. He is fifth-best in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.23.

Jones’ best 200-meter time of 21:95 is sixth in the state, while Cowing ran 22.25, and Austin hit 22.12. The three are competing in the state meet.

Pyne qualified to run in the state meet in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.77.

Austin’s top result in the long jump, 23-2.5, was fourth best in Division II, and junior Tylen Coleman ranked fourth in the shotput with his top throw of 49-2.5. Coleman also qualified for discus throwing, with a throw of 144-4.

Devin Parady and Coleman both qualified for javelin throwing, with Parady having a throw of 152-0 and Coleman throwing at 138-1.

Parady also qualified for the triple jump, with a leap of 42-1.25.

Cowing’s 100-meter time of 10:87 is eighth best in the division. Austin’s and Jones’ 10.93 in the same event puts them 14th and 15th, respectively. Senior Samual Coles had a 10th-best jump in the pole vault at 12-10.

Among the girls, junior Shannon Coutre’s 200-meter time of 25.86 ranked her No. 4. Coutre also qualified for the 400 with a school-record time of 59.43.

Italy Brookshire qualified to compete in the high jump with a jump of 5-1.

The 4×100-meter relay team’s best time of 50.55 was 15th in the division. The team includes, Sydni Callis, Destinee Chavis, Jakayla Shaw and Alayja Reynolds.

The AIA state championships are May 2 and May 5 at Mesa Community College.


This is a corrected version, clarifying that Phillip Austin qualified to compete in the 200-meter dash at state.


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Photos by Victor Moreno

High school varsity spring sports are under way. Maricopa High School introduces a new sport in beach volleyball while other sports hope to get back into state contention.

Sequoia Pathway Baseball
CAA Division II Region II
March 2 v. WSST 5 p.m.
March 6 at HA-Laveen 4 p.m.
March 9 v. El Dorado 4 p.m.
March 21 v. South Pointe 4 p.m.
March 26 at ASU Prep Poly 5 p.m.
March 27 at HA-Mesa 4:15 p.m.
April 3 at EVAC 4 p.m.
April 5 at Imagine Prep Coolidge 4:30 p.m.
April 7 v. ALA-Ironwood 11 a.m.
April 9 v. Imagine Prep Coolidge 4:30 p.m.
April 11 v. Canyon State 4 p.m.

Sequoia Pathway Softball
CAA Division II Region I
March 1 v. ALA-Gilbert 4 p.m.
March 7 at Imagine Prep Surprise 4 p.m.
March 9 v. Imagine Prep Coolidge 4 p.m.
April 2 at Tri-City College Prep 4 p.m.
April 4 v. ALA-Ironwood 4 p.m.
April 5 at ALA-Gilbert 4 p.m.
April 10 v. Mission Heights 4 p.m.
April 12 at HA-Laveen 4 p.m.
April 17 v. South Ridge 4 p.m.
April 19 at Paradise Valley Christian 4 p.m.

Maricopa High School Baseball
AIA Division 5A Section Metro (remaining schedule)
March 1 v. Sierra Linda 3:45 p.m.
March 2 v. Desert Edge 3:45 p.m.
March 5 v. Glendale 3:45 p.m.
March 7 v. Ironwood 4 p.m.
March 10-13 Bob Everett Spring Break Classic at Highland HS
March 21 at Vista Grande 6 p.m.
March 22 at Mesquite 4 p.m.
March 26 at Kellis 3:45 p.m.
March 27 v. Kellis 3:45 p.m.
March 29 at Casa Grande 4 p.m.
April 3 at Sunnyslope 4 p.m.
April 5 v. Verrado 3:45 p.m.
April 6 v. Sunnyslope 3:45 p.m.
April 10 v. Apollo 3:45 p.m.
April 11 v. Ironwood 6:30 p.m.
April 12 at Apollo 4 p.m.
April 17 at McClintock 4 p.m.
April 19 v. McClintock (Senior Night) 3:45 p.m.
April 20 at Williams Field 3:45 p.m.

Maricopa High School Softball
AIA Division 5A Section Metro (remaining schedule)
March 1 at Sierra Linda 4 p.m.
March 2 at Desert Edge6 p.m.
March 5 at Glendale 4 p.m.
March 6 v. Vista Grande 3:45 p.m.
March 8 v. Williams Field 3:45 p.m.
March 19 v. Mesquite 3:45 p.m.
March 27 at Kellis 4 p.m.
March 29 v. Casa Grande 3:45 p.m.
March 30 v. Kellis 3:45 p.m.
April 3 v. Sunnyslope 3:45 p.m.
April 5 at Verrado 4 p.m.
April 6 at Sunnyslope 4 p.m.
April 10 at Apollo 4 p.m.
April 11 at Ironwood 4 p.m.
April 12 v. Apollo 3:45 p.m.
April 17 v. McClintock (Senior Night) 3:45 p.m.
April 19 at McClintock 4 p.m.

Maricopa High School Track & Field
AIA Division II
March 7 at Chaparral 4 p.m.
March 10 at Desert Tune-Up (Mountain View Marana) 8 a.m.
March 21 at McClintock 3 p.m.
March 22 at Schuster Jones Under-Class Showcase 12 p.m.
March 28 at Maricopa Twilight 3:30 p.m.
April 13 at Hohokam Invitational 9:30 a.m.

Maricopa High School Boys’ Tennis
AIA Division I Section I (remaining schedule)
March 2 v. Casa Grande 3:30 p.m.
March 8 at Higley 3:30 p.m.
March 22 at Williams Field 3:30 p.m.
March 27 v. Cibola 3:30 p.m.
March 28 v. Tolleson Union 3:30 p.m.
March 29 at San Luis 3:30 p.m.
April 3 at Millennium 3:30 p.m.
April 4 at La Joya Community 3:30 p.m.
April 10 v. Westview 3:30 p.m.
April 12 at Kofa 3:30 p.m.

Maricopa High School Girls’ Tennis
AIA Division I Section I (remaining schedule)
March 1 v. Casteel 3:30 p.m.
March 5 at Casa Grande 3:30 p.m.
March 8 v. Higley 3:30 p.m.
March 27 at Cibola 3 p.m.
March 28 at Tolleson Union 3:30 p.m.
March 29 v. San Luis 3:30 p.m.
April 3 v. Millennium 3:30 p.m.
April 4 v. La Joya Community 3:30 p.m.
April 10 at Westview 3:30 p.m.
April 12 v. Kofa 3:30 p.m.
April 16 v. Williams Field 3:30 p.m.

Maricopa High School Beach Volleyball
AIA Division I Section IV (remaining schedule)
March 5 v. Casteel at Copper Sky 4 p.m.
March 26 v. Millennium at Copper Sky 4 p.m.
March 28 at Willow Canyon at Victory Lane Complex 4 p.m.
April 2 at Shadow Ridge at Victory Lane Complex 4 p.m.
April 4 at Perry at Seville Golf & Country Club 6:30 p.m.
April 9 v. Verrado at Copper Sky 4 p.m.
April 11 v. Dysart at Copper Sky 4 p.m.
April 13 v. Hamilton at Copper Sky (Senior Night) 4 p.m.
April 16 at Mesquite High School 4 p.m.

 

 

The Maricopa boys track team placed fifth in the Aztec Invitational to start the season.

The Maricopa High School Track & Field teams will bring multiple state pre-qualifiers to their meet Wednesday at Notre Dame prep, carrying on with what will likely be a successful season for the Rams.

Head coach Sheldon Hutchinson believes his well-rounded athletes, several of whom have already qualified for state, are on the verge of breaking school records, while others are improving so fast they could be winning medals and breaking records in no time.

Junior Jesse Gaines ran a two-minute 800-meter run in last week’s Aztec Invitational in Tempe, coming within one second of the MHS 800-meter record at 1:59.

The Rams finished fifth out of 21 teams at the March 3 competition.

“I think both our teams, our boys and girls, have a lot of strengths,” Hutchinson said. “For the boys’ side of things, the strengths are going to be in the jumps.”

Three MHS jumpers prequalified for state at the Aztec invitational.

Clearing 22 feet 2.75 inches in the long jump, Phillip Austin is just one leg of the state-bound trio.

Seniors Darrell Handy and his brother Terrell are the other two pre-qualifiers, jumping 6-4 and 6-2 respectively at the high jump.

The brothers also prequalified at the triple jump with Terrell grabbing gold by jumping 44-9 and Darrell finishing fourth with a jump of 42-5.5.

As for the girl’s, Hutchinson said, despite being young, some are showing signs of remarkable progress.

“We have a lot of new [girl] throwers,” he said. “But they’re actually improving each time they throw.”

Though not qualifying for state, junior Leilena Young came in 15th out of 59 throwers in the shot put event at the Aztec Invitational, throwing 30-2.

The lady Rams also did well at long distance running, with Megan Carr finishing 46th of 65 in the 1600 with a time of 6:22.26.

Hutchinson had nothing but praise for his current roster, though he did indicate it’s proving hard to develop and retain track and field athletes because of an unfortunate competition between interscholastic sports and club sports.

“It’s always a struggle with so many club sports going on,” Hutchinson said. “A lot of our athletes just get sucked away because, of course, it’s a financial commitment they’ve committed to, so it’s hard to keep them in and keep them going.”

The girls and boys track teams will face off against Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale today at 4 p.m.