Safford boys, Thatcher girls win State Track and Field Championships

It was a big day at Mesa Community College on May 3rd and 4th for the State Championship. Both the Safford boys and the Thatcher girls team’s brought home the hardware as State Champions.

The Thatcher girls dominated the other Division 4 teams for two days to run away with the State Title. The Lady Eagles compiled 99 points as a team in 18 events. The runner-up Lady Lions of Pusch Ridge had 68 points and the Lady Trojans for Valley Christian finished 3rd with 47 points.

It was a completely different story for the Safford boys. They won their state championship game by just 2 points – a 50-48 win over Snowflake. “We lost some of our points on Friday and the team really had to buckle down and compete on Saturday,” said Hall of Fame Coach BB Andrews. “We had some guys with personal bests to lead us. This makes all of the long hours and hard work worth it.”

This was the 34th overall State Track Championship for Safford according to AzPreps365’s archives. It is the 16th boys title.

The only other Thatcher girls State Title came in 1987 under Max Phillips.

The Thatcher boys ended up with a 3rd place finish but many individuals won events and scored points. That complete list is below:


Boys 4×800 Relay Team – 8th Place  1) Montierth, Grant 2) Montierth, Jarod  3) Delgado, Mario 4) Urrea, Jacob

CJ Scrivner – 1st Place 110 Meter Hurdles, 8th Place 100 Meter Dash, 1st Place 300 Meter Hurdles

Sam Tobias – 4th Place 400 Meter Dash

Jacob Urrea – 5th Place 3200 Meter Run

Sergio Lira – 2nd Place Shot Put

Garrett Pritchard – 4th Place Shot Put

Dawon Andrews – 8th Place Javelin Throw

Jessica Bright-Schade – 2nd Place Javelin Throw


Boys 4×800 Meter Relay 12th Place   1) Rojas, Joby 2) Orr, Matthew  3) Haller, Dean  4) Pena, Wesley

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay 8th Place

Luis Lopez-Aguilar – 1st Place 110 Meter Hurdles, 1st Place 300 Meter Hurdles

Bretton Dodge – 8th Place 110 Meter Hurdles, 8th Place 300 Meter Hurdles

Riley Morris – 9th Place 110 Meter Hurdles

Caden Jones – 8th Place 100 Meter Dash, 3rd Place Long Jump, 1st Place Triple Jump

Brock Jones – 8th Place Triple Jump

Kyle O’Donnal – 11th Place Triple Jump

Cole Motes – 6th Place Discus Throw, 2nd Place Shot Put

Sam Nicholas – 6th Place Shot Put

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay Team – 3rd Place 1) Hatch, Jerzie  2) Brown, Jaydin  3) Mattice, Kloee  4) Hunt, Mazie 

Girls 4×400 Meter Relay Team – 2nd Place 1) Hatch, Jerzie  2) Dodge, Kylee  3) Hatch, Akala  4) Baldwin, Taya   

Becka Nicholas – 7th Place 100 Meter Dash, 1st Place 100 Meter Hurdles, 2nd Place Long Jump

Jaydin Brown – 5th Place 100 Meter Hurdles,

Taya Baldwin – 7th Place 100 Meter Hurdles, 3rd Place 300 Meter Hurdles, 9th Place High Jump

Kylee Dodge – 5th Place 300 Meter Hurdles

Shanda Peterson – 4th Place Long Jump, 1st Place Triple Jump

Kloee Mattice – 7th Place Long Jump, 2nd Place Triple Jump

Briley Minor – 3rd Place Shot Put, 4th Place Javelin Throw

Mikaela Jorgensen – 6th Place Shot Put, 5th Place Discus Throw

Hannah Johnson – 9th Place Shot Put

Marleigh Nicholas – 5th Place Javelin Throw


Girls 4×100 Relay Team – 4th Place 1) Sherwood, Aubrie 2) Mattice, Maya 3) Brown, Raely 4) Grant, Nevaeh

Spencer Napier – 8th Place 800 Meter Run

Caleb Barlow – 10th Place High Jump, 9th Place Long Jump

Danika Derrick – 5th Place Pole Vault

Nevaeh Grant – 5th Place Long Jump

Maya Mattice – 11th Place Triple Jump