Tylen Riley-Coleman. Photo by Victor Moreno


Tylen Riley-Coleman, a senior at Maricopa High School, finished fourth in the shot put finals at the Arizona Interscholastic Association state championships Wednesday.

Coleman threw the shot 50-10.5 against his Division II competition. He also finished 10th in the javelin with a throw of 149-07.

Coleman will compete Saturday in the discus finals.

Other Rams competing in state finals Wednesday were junior Katherine Gores, who finished 11th in the girls’ javelin with a throw of 95-10, junior Steel Lewis, 10th in boys’ pole vault in 11-09, and senior Logan Taylor, 13th in boys’ high jump at 5-10.

Athletes also competed in preliminary heats of several events to earn places in Saturday’s finals.

Jacob Cowing. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Senior Jacob Cowing was third fastest in both the 100-meter dash (10.89) and the 200 (21.93) to qualify for the finals, where he will meet top rival Trayvion White of Sahuaro.

Taylor was sixth-fastest in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles prelims in 40.16 to qualify for the finals. He will also compete in the 110-meter hurdles finals after running 15.58 to finish eighth-fastest.

Other MHS athletes who represented MHS Wednesday at the state meet were Amante Williams, 15th in the boys’ 400-meter dash (51.07), Tayler Riley-Coleman, 23rd in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (17.28), the girls 4×100-meter relay team (14th in 50.82) and 4×400-meter relay team (12th in 4:13.29).

Saturday, for Maricopa, competition begins at 11:30 a.m. with the boys’ discus throw. Afternoon finals include 110-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. The Arizona State Track & Field Championship are at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave.