Mingus soph Kendrew Streck ranks 10th in state in shot put
With a new personal record at last week’s Wrangler Boosters Invitational in Wickenburg, Mingus Union High School’s Kendrew Streck finds himself in the upper echelon of the Division III state rankings in the shot put this week.
According to the new state rankings on the Arizona edition of athletic.net, Streck, a sophomore, is ranked No. 10 in the state with his season’s best throw of 45-feet, 3-inches.
Streck has been a consistent 43-foot-plus thrower since the second week of the season and has a prior personal best of 44-feet, 5.5-inches March 22. In eight shot put competitions this spring, Streck has surpassed 43-feet three times and had two throws out past the 44-foot mark before breaking into 45-foot territory April 13 in Wickenburg.
Based on the current best throws in Division III this week, Streck still will need to improve two and a half feet to break into the top four and contend for a medal at the state track championships. The best throw in Division III this year is 56-10.5 by Tim Fitsgerald of American Leadership in Queen Creek.
The Mingus boys also broke into top-10 rankings this week in the 4X400 relay with the team of Keegan Cain, Jon Ulibarri, Jonathan Jung and Ryan Alexander clocking a respectable 3:34.54 in Wickenburg. That time clearly puts Mingus in the medal hunt at state as there is only 3.4 seconds difference between the No. 1 and No. 10 ranked teams in Division III.
Mingus’ only other athlete ranked in the top 10 this week is senior Ryan Alexander, who holds down the No. 9 spot in the 800-meter run with the 2:01.87 clocking he recorded indoors in Flagstaff March 7.
For the Mingus girls, junior Hannah DeVore is making noise in both hurdle events. DeVore is ranked 8th in the state (Division III) in the 300-meter hurdles with a season’s best time of 48.47 seconds. She is also ranked 10th in the 100-meter hurdles at 16,82 seconds.
The Mingus girls 4-by-100 relay quartet of DeVore, Katelyn Prouty, Maria Meacham and Auli Hanks is ranked 12th in the state this week. The team of DeVore, Mecham, Mackenna Jung and Meg Babcock is ranked 14th in the 4-by-400 relay.
Babcock, with a 2:26.66 performance in the Chandler Rotary Invitational March 24, is ranked seventh in the state at 800 meters.
The rankings landscape in Division III remains much the same this week with both Sedona-Red Rock and Camp Verde showing strength on the boys side in the jumping events and in the throws on the girls side.
Sedona senior Joe Glomski is the state’s top-ranked long and triple jumper, and he really opened some eyes with a massive 47-4 leap in the triple jump Friday night in Glendale. Camp Verde’s Nate Schultz in ranked fifth in the state in the long jump and third in the triple.
Also in the jumps, Sedona’s Dawson Stevenson holds down the state’s No. 1 ranking in the high jump (6-2).
On the girls side, senior Hannah Ringel continues to sit atop the state’s rankings, comfortably so, in both the shot put and discus while Camp Verde’s Shayla Campbell-Kilburn is ranked fifth this week. Sedona also has two pole vaulters, both at 10-feet, tied for the No. 3 spot in the state this week.