Mingus distance duo among top performers
PHOENIX - As far as Sedona-Red Rock and Mingus Union high school track and field goes, there were two safe bets going into the 2015 season.
One was that Mingus would have one of the best 1-2 punches in the state in the distance events with senior Jordan Bramblett and junior Joseph Sandoval.
The other was that Sedona-Red Rock senior Andre Davis would rank among the state's elite in both hurdle events.
Now, after last week's season-opening Rattler Booster Invitational at North Canyon High School, those might be considered sure bets.
Both Mingus and Sedona-Red Rock are Division III schools, but Davis, Bramblett and Sandoval all showed they match up equally well on the Division I stage.
In the hurdle events, Davis turned in third- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events. In the latter, he clocked in with a sizzling 40.15-second performance to finish behind Brophy Prep's Isaiah Oliver, who turned in the ninth fastest time in state history. Earlier, Davis finished third in the high hurdles in 15.16 seconds.
Both times rank him first in the state among Division III athletes.
In the distance events, finished 6th and 20th at 3200 meters with respective clockings of 9:58.66 and 10:28.88, which rank them 1st and 3rd in the state in Division III. The duo also recorded 1600-meter times of 4:45 and 4:47, which rank them 2nd and 3rd in Division III behind Page's Jeffrey Miller (4:19.20).
In addition, Mingus saw top performances from sophomore Wayne Galloway in the discus with a throw of 133-10. Sedona-Red Rock high jumper Dawson Stevenson finished second with a jump of 60 feet while Mingus' Evan Snyder was third at 5-10.
Other top weekend performances for Mingus and Sedona-Red Rock boys included:
100-meters: Mingus -- Javin Helsel, 11.84; Trevor Galloway, 12.56
200-meters: Sedona - Brian Nguyen, 24.51; Mingus, Jordan Prouty, 25.17
400-meters: Mingus - Mikey Gilboy, 56.49
800-meters: Sedona - Kevin Alvarez, 2:04.05; Mingus - Joseph Doerksen, 2:11.11; Keenan DeVore, 2:13.03
400-meter relay: Mingus -- (Jordan Prouty, Trevor Galloway, Levi Collins, Javin Helsel) 46.32
1600-meter relay: Mingus - (Mikey Gilboy, Trevor Galloway, Jordan Prouty, Javin Helsel) 3:44.72; Sedona - Kevin Alvarez, Jacob Carter, Chai Voccola, Wyatt Stevenson) 3:45.02
3200-meter relay: Mingus - (Brenden Alexander, Keenan DeVore, Traygon Ullery, Joseph Doerksen) 9:12.26