MESA - Jaide Stepter won three state titles Saturday, but the Canyon del Oro junior was "disappointed."
She aimed to break the state 300-meter hurdles record of 42.67 seconds at Saturday's state championship meet at Mesa Community College.
Instead, she settled for victories in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and in the 200.
"I'm disappointed but not really," Stepter said after easily winning the Division II 300 hurdles in 43.40. She started the day by winning the 100-meter hurdles in 14.62. She ended it with the 200 win in 24.99
"I'm really excited with how I've done today," she added. "It would be great to be a champion three years in a row, so that's my goal for next year."
As of press time, team results were not available.
CDO's Lezo Urreiztieta narrowly won the Division II boys 110-meter hurdles in 14.07. Edgar Poe from Cienega finished three-one-hundredths of a second behind him in 14.73 and fell as he crossed the finish line. Poe described the race as a fight.
CDO senior Daniel Wong won the Division II boys 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes 24.61 seconds. He pulled into the lead with 400 meters remaining and held on from there.
He finished third in the 800-meter run in 1:56.99. Catalina Foothills' Dylan Souza won in 1:56.30.
"I was expecting to take first or second," Wong said. "I was focused on the 800 the whole time. It's a little disappointing, but I'll take what I can get."
Jeremy Tuttle hit 182 feet 2 inches for the Division I boys discus title for the second year in a row. The Sierra Vista Buena senior said the discus win felt pretty sweet, and the distance made it even better.
"Breaking 180 after the season I had, where it was like 170 and 170, felt pretty good," Tuttle said.
Jose Rojas swept the Division II throwing titles. He threw 51-3 in the shot put and 162-2 in the discus for his second straight title in that event.
"I'm happy with the disc, but my mark in the shot wasn't too good," he said.
Cienega's Ashley Groves won the Division II girls pole vault for her second straight title. The senior cleared 11 feet to win but was stalled at 11-7, which would have been a personal best.
"I am disappointed I didn't jump higher than my PR because I really wanted to jump 12 feet," Groves said. The Ironwood Ridge boys 400-meter relay team also defended its title in 42.09. Senior Trevor Wesley ran the first leg and also placed second in the Division II 100-meter dash in 11.07.
"I'm really excited that we were able to repeat in the 4x1 and I'm really happy with my performance in the 100," Wesley said.
In Division III action, Sabino's Haley Stenquist used a late kick to win the girls 1,600 in 5:04.57, ahead of Rio Rico's Aeoleone Bristow, who was second in 5:08.72.
Senior Alejandro Valencia anchored the Rio Rico 3,200-meter relay to a win in 8:04.63.
Cienega's Brianna Rodriguez won the long jump in 18-9 1/2.
Douglas had wins from senior Melissa Castillo in the girls triple jump (36-6 1/2) and junior Alfonso Mejia in the boys 300 hurdles (39.76).
See next week's Star for results from the state track and field meet.
On StarNet: See more photos of the championships at azstarnet.com/gallery