The Sand Devil’s boys’ track and field team took fourth place in the Division III State Championship this weekend in Mesa. They finished with strong long distance and relay records.
Bowen Martin had a big day finishing first in the 3200 meter, 1600 meter and the 4x800 meter relay. Martin is the first athlete to win three state titles in one state meet since track coach Reggie Edwards did it in the 1970s. Edwards won the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
“The Page High School boys and girls track teams made one of their strongest showings in recent memory at the Arizona Division III state track meet on May fifth and sixth,” said Edwards. “With a boys fourth place team finish, there were several stand-out performances.”
During an interview with the Arizona Interscholastic Association Martin admitted he was not expecting to run in so many events. “I was nervous at first,” he said. “I was thinking about dropping the 800 meter event but I wanted to beat Dorian [Daw] since he is a senior this year.
“[Winning] feels good because I know I deserve it because I had been working hard all season to get to this point. On Friday we had the two-mile which is probably one of my easier events because it is one of my strong suits. Then next day we had the mile and I won at 4:20. I placed 8th in the 800 but I don’t have the speed for that. I’m better at the long distance events.”
Martin is already looking forward to next season.
“Next year I will just try to win the events I won this year; to try to defend my title.” said Martin who will be a senior next year.
Jacob Doyle, a high scorer on the team did not participate in most of his usual events due to an injury. His team mates noted his absence.
“He ran but he was injured so he didn’t do most of his events. If we had him we probably could’ve won state. Casteel took first place.” said Martin.
Martin was also part of taking first place in the 4x8 meter relay team along with Dorian Daw, Trent Holiday and Cullen Nockideneh. The relay team also broke a school record, 8:04.79, by less than a second at 8:0.04.
Dorian Daw placed fourth in the 1-mile and fifth in the 800 meter.
Trent Holiday placed sixth in the 1-mile.
Cullen Nockideneh placed tenth in the 800 meter.
Jacob McCabe placed ninth in the discus throw event.
Jacob Doyle placed 6th in the Long jump.
The Sand Devils girls’ track and field placed 13th in the Division III state championship with commendable efforts to set personal best records.
Sera Cambridge placed second as a State Runner-up for the High Jump.
Kelsey Knight placed fourth in the High Jump and ninth in the triple jump.
Victoria Tenpenny placed ninth in 1600M with a nine second personal record.
She was tenth in the 3200M with a 45 second personal record. She placed 13th in the 800M.
Sofia Bryan placed 14th in the 800 meter.