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.
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.