Fri, Feb. 28

Mingus' Ryan Talbot records state-leading 400
Both boys and girls claim top team honors in Mingus Invitational

Mingus freshman Brianna Epperson three-stepped her way to a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.27 seconds. VVN/Dan Engler

Mingus freshman Brianna Epperson three-stepped her way to a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.27 seconds. VVN/Dan Engler

COTTONWOOD - After a less-than-satisfying performance in the prestigious Chandler Rotary Invitational March 22, Mingus Union 400-meter specialist Ryan Talbot created a new workout for himself.

The senior sprinter found an oversized truck tire and held it over his head while repeatedly running up and down the Mingus bleachers until he was exhausted.

Fast forward to the Red Rock Invitational in Sedona April 5: Talbot runs his fastest 400 of the year with a 49.82 clocking.

It was a preview of things to come.

Thursday, Talbot scorched a state-leading (Division III) 48.83 400 to turn in the performance of the meet in a Marauder-dominated Mingus Invitational. Mingus senior Dakota Hanks, who earlier tied for first in the long jump with a leap of 19-9, finished second in the 400 in 51.8 seconds.

Talbot's time gives him a scant 500ths of a second advantage over St. Mary's senior Simon Whitfield, who previously held the top ranking among Division III runners with a 48.88-second clocking. All classes combined, Talbot is ranked 5th in Arizona, trailing four Division 1 athletes.

It marked Talbot's second individual win of the day as he earlier won the 100 meters, following a shaky start, in 11.66 seconds. Talbot also teamed with Dakota Hanks, Javin Helsel, and Levi Collins to win the 4X100 relay in 43.71 seconds, the second best time in the state this year among Division III schools, only to Mingus' own 43.31 clocking established one week ago.

Talbot also teamed with Hanks, Helsel and senior Blake Lundy to win the 4X400 relay in a state-leading 3:28.69.

Overall, the Mingus boys dominated the six-team invite with 222 points, topping second-place Winslow by nearly 80 points. The Mingus girls proved just as dominant, winning by nearly 60 points over runner-up Sedona-Red Rock, with 213.5 team points.

On the boys' side, the Mingus dominance was seen across the board with freshman Trevor Galloway winning the high jump, finishing second in the discus and fourth in the 200 meters.

Distance runners Joe Sandoval (sophomore) and senior Gustavo Banks turned in two classic duels at 1600- and 3200-meters. Banks (second) edged Sandoval by 22-hundredths of a second in the 1600 and the sophomore ace returned the favor in the 3200, winning by 1.3 seconds as Mingus enjoyed a 1-2-3 sweep with junior Traygon Ullery claiming third-place in 11:21.

Shot putter Levi Collins, a junior, won his specialty with a throw of 41-feet, 7-inches, while the 4X800 quartet of Blake Lundy, Mike Gilboy, Keenan DeVore and Jordan Bramblett won their race in 8:57.09.

For the girls, Mingus senior Justine Taylor and sophomore Megan Goettl were both double winners.

Taylor won the 100 meters with a season's-best clocking of 13.07 seconds, her third PR in three different events in the past two weeks. She came back to win her specialty, the 400 meters, in 61.13 seconds. Taylor also powered home the Mingus 4X100 team with a season's best time of 51.28 seconds. Taylor was joined on the relay by Mackenna Jung, Auli Hanks and Brianna Epperson.

Goettl won a competitive 800 over Bradshaw Mountain's Hannah Madler, 2:25.19 to 2:28.57, and also led Mingus to a 1-2 finish in the 1600 with a 5:26.96 clocking as senior teammate Monica Soliz was second in 5:42.54. Soliz later finished second in the 3200 meters in 12:30.07.

Mingus also picked up big points from the hurdling duo of Brianna Epperson (freshman) and Anissa Uretta (junior). They went 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles with Epperson turning in the day's best time in 17.27 seconds, and then finished 2-3 in the 300 hurdles.

Senior Heather Calandra continued her season dominance in the shot put with a toss of 42-feet, 1-inch and also finished third in the discuss with a throw of 103-10.

Junior multi-eventer Allison Whitworth won the high jump at 4-8 and finished third in the long jump with a leap of 14-3.

Mingus will next compete in the Sedona Invitational Tuesday and the Yavapai County Championships Friday.


• Ryan Talbot, senior: 100 meters, 11.66 (first); 400 meters, 48.83 (first, No. 1 time in Arizona Division III)

• Trevor Galloway, freshman: high jump, 5-8 (first); discus, 113-3 (second); 200 meters, 200 meters, 25.10 (fourth)

• Dakota Hanks, senior: Long jump, 19-9 (first); 400 meters, 51.8 (second)

• Joseph Sandoval, sophomore: 3200 meters, 10:41.3 (first); 1600 meters, 4:50.24 (third)

• Gustavo Banks, senior: 3200 meters, 10:42.6 (second); 1600 meters, 4:50.02 (second)

• Levi Collins, junior: Shot put, 41-7 (first)

• Zack Simmons, sophomore: Shot put, 35-5 (third); discus, 112-7 (third)

• Relays: Mingus first in 4X100 (43.71); 4X400 (3:28.69); and 4X800 (8:57.09)


• Justine Taylor, senior: 100 meters, 13.07 (first); 400 meters, 61.13 (first)

• Megan Goettl, sophomore: 800 meters, 2:25.19 (first); 1600 meters, 5:26.96 (first)

• Heather Calandra, senior: shot put, 42-1 (first); discus, 103-10 (third)

• Brianna Epperson, freshman: 100-meter hurdles, 17.27 (first); 300-meter hurdles, 51.94 (second)

• Anissa Ureta, junior: 100-meter hurdles, 17.45 (second); 300-meter hurdles, 52.77 (third)

• Allison Whitworth, junior: high jump, 4-8 (first); long jump, 14-3 (third)

• Monica Soliz, senior: 1600 meters, 5:42.54 (second); 3200 meters, 12:30.07 (second)

• Kylie Streck, junior: pole vault, 8-6 (second)

• Skyla Stuart, junior: long jump, 14-4 (second)

• Relays: Mingus first in 4X100 (51.28); second in 4X400 (4:27.94)
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