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Deer Valley HS Track & Field

2009 Season


Season Wrap-up

The 2009 Deer Valley girls track team finished 2nd at the 2009 5A Division II State Track & Field Championships May 18th at Chandler HS. The Skyhawks were lead by outstanding seniors Carrie Jarnagin, Leigha Graziano, and Sam Rasmussen.Graziano successfully defended her state championships in the shot and discus, winning both with throws of 134'6" and 38'10". She also tied for 10th in the High Jump with a 4'8" jump. Jarnagin placed 3rd in the 300m hurdles in 46.22 (video), 5th in the High Jump with a jump of 4'10", 6th in 100m high hurdles running 16.01, and ran a leg on the 2nd place girls 4x400 relay that ran 4:04.24 without Junior Claire Zampini. Rasmussen finished 2nd in 800m in 2:22.15, 6th in 1600m 5:23.79, and was also a member of both the 4x400m relay and the 3rd place 4x800m relay team that ran 10:03.53. Senior Jasmine Green finished 4th in the Triple Jump with a leap of 34'0.75".

The seniors had great help from their younger teammates. Junior Elizabeth Wells placed 2nd in the High Jump with a jump of 5'0". Wells was als 9th in the Triple Jump with 32'0.75". Junior Chelsea Gobster surprised everyone with a vault of 9'6" earning her a 3rd place medal in the Pole Vault. Sophomore Amber Roberts was 9th with a vault of 8'6". Freshman Tessa Kelley finished 8th in 300m hurdles after an unfortunate fall down the final stretch (video). Also unfortunate was the absence of junior Claire Zampini who was busy trying to win a state softball title. Zampini just missed qualifying in the 200m finals by 1/100 of a second running 26.73. The last place qualifier ran 26.72. Zampini also had the fastest qualifying time for 400m final with 59.48. That time alone would have placed in the top 3 in the final, but her lane was empty for the final. Sophomore Mante Koliakinaite finished 10th in the long jump with a jump of 14'8.5".

The girls scored 77 points behind state champions Ironwood Ridge who scored 108. Rincon was 3rd with 74 and Mountain View Marana 4th with 61.


The 2009 Deer Valley boys track & field team finished in 7th place at the 2009 5A Division II state championships held at Chandler HS, May 18th. The Skyhawks scored 29 points led by Sophomore Josh Espinoza and Seniors Robert Wozny and Jared Ritter. Espinoza ran 9:48.13 in the 3200m and placed 4th, ran 4:33.45 in the 1600m and finished 6th, and anchored the 8th placed 4x800m relay with Seniors Andrew Austin and Billy Lutz that ran 8:24.05 (video). The 4x100m relay was the only other team or individual to make it to the finals on the track and finished 5th in 43.03.

Wozny placed 2nd in the high jump with a jump 6'4", 2" below his best and the winning jump of 6'6". Ritter had a big day in the pole vault placing 4th with a season high 13'9" vault. Senior Bryce McCleery finished 8th with a vault of 13'.0", also a season best. And Senior Tom Engel scored with a 7th place in the discus with a toss of 137'7".


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