Hubler sweeps hurdles, QC shines at state track

ALA – Queen Creek senior Logan Hubler swept the competition in both Division III boys’ track events during the final day of the state track meet, winning gold in both events to cap off his high school career. (Dave Minton/Tribune Staff)

After a long week of preliminaries, the track and field state championships concluded on Saturday with 19 track events across four divisions.

Desert Vista’s boys ended up winning the 2022 Division I title with 107 points. Perry’s girls won the Division I title with 87 points, edging five-time defending champion Chandler in the process.

American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek fell just short of the Division III title in both boys and girls, placing second. That, especially on the boys’ side, was thanks in large part to the standout performance from senior hurdler Logan Hubler.

“It feels good (winning),” Huber said. “All the hard work you put in all season long, it feels great.”

Hubler took gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.21 seconds, good for a spot in the top-10 in Arizona. He was joined by teammate Kawai King, a junior, who placed second in the event.

Also a standout quarterback who led the Patriots to the Open Division playoffs this past fall, Hubler went on to win the 300 hurdles later in the day in 38.08 seconds. King finished fifth.

“I went back-to-back this year,” Hubler said. “So, it feels good that all the hard work we put in this offseason is paying off.”

Hubler and King were also part of the ALA-Queen Creek 4x400 relay team that took gold in a time of 3:23.52. Ashton Miner and Elijah Peters joined them in the race.

ALA-Queen Creek’s girls were anchored by strong performances in a variety of events throughout the week-long meet.

Junior Evelynne Carr took second in the Division III 1600-meter run on Tuesday, May 10. She also took fifth in the 800. In Tuesday’s field events, Tatum Matheny, Tatum Rollins and Paris Magee all had standout performances in the javelin, high jump and triple jump, respectively.

The momentum built earlier in the week by some of ALA-Queen Creek’s girls carried over to the final day as Remy Romney took second in the 100 hurdles. Romney was also part of the 4x100 team along with Alexandra Carroll, Tatum Matheny and Ellie Moulton that took gold.

Queen Creek High School’s boys’ team placed third overall in Division I while Casteel’s girls took second in Division II.

Eastmark junior Mack Molander captured the Division IV state javelin championship for the second year in a row. Molander is also the quarterback for the Firebirds football team that should contend for a 3A title in the fall.

Queen Creek was led by its field events, which saw senior Payton Barlow win gold in the triple jump and Viann Vanderwall win the girls’ high jump.

North Canyon once again captured the girls’ Division II crown, while McClintock narrowly edged Gilbert for the championship on the boys’ side. In Division III, Salpointe Catholic’s girls took the crown, beating second-place American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek while Snowflake edged the Patriots on the boys’ side.

Valley Christian proved to be a dominant force yet again on the track in Division IV as the boys captured their fourth state title in a row and 15th in program history. St. John’s won the Division IV title for girls.

Several other standout performances took place at the meet, including Red Mountain senior Yan Vazquez finishing just .64 seconds short of the 300 hurdles record.

“I was just trying to get my steps right and get the state record,” said Vazquez, who is now third all-time with a time of 36.86.

Red Mountain shined as a whole, placing third overall. Sophomore Tyler Matthews won the 800m race while Vazquez, along with his win in the 300 hurdles, also won in the 110 hurdles.

“I was really excited that my gameplan paid off,” Matthews said. “My plan was to go out a little bit slower than Brian [Fair Jr., who] got ahead of ahead of the rest of everybody and then to slowly catch him on the second lap.”

In Gilbert, Campo Verde and Williams Field excelled in Division II, especially on the girls’ side.

Williams Field junior Saira Prince and Campo Verde sophomore Lea Spindell won the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, respectively.

Despite hitting a few hurdles on the way, Prince said that she doesn’t let those mistakes bother her.

“I was definitely feeling the pressure, but I was prepared,” Prince said. “I was ready.”

For Spindell, she didn’t have much preparation for the 400 because she had just competed in the 4x100 relay. She finished fourth alongside teammates Ni’yah Pratt, Zaria Ayoola and Amber Thompson.

“We’re all so excited,” Spindell said. “And honestly, I just had to get up and run my best race.”

ALA-Queen Creek’s Logan Hubler played a key role in the Patriots’ second place finish as he swept the hurdles competition for the second year in a row.

Also a standout quarterback for the team, he was happy with the way he capped off his career.

“I went back-to-back this year,” Hubler said. “So, it feels good that all the hard work we put in this off-season is paying off.”