Carden of Tucson won the state championship for girls middle school track and field in the Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) Track and Field State Championships at Sun Angel Stadium near Tempe last weekend.
Carden is a school of less than 40 middle schoolers, while most teams in the CAA had 200 or more students enrolled in middle school.
Carden’s Maeona Moseley received a medal in the 200 meter race by finishing first in 31.30 seconds. She also earned medals in the 100 meter race by finishing second, 100 meter hurdles with a third-place finish and 400 meters placing third.
Mariza Chavez won the 800 and 1,600 meter races in 2:41.01 and 5:59.27, respectively, and also received a medal with a second place finish in the 400 meters.
Leah Boughan placed first in the discus (60’11”), second in the high jump and third in the shot put.
Dyani Stoddard received a medal in 800 meter race (second place) and Kayla Sparks received a medal in the high jump (third place).
Carden’s 400 meter relay team of Elizabeth Shanton, Tristian Packer, Lauren Packer and Sparks finished in third place.
The Carden of Tucson girls team had a total of 117 points and their coach Philip Hendricks won coach of the year.
Carden’s boys team finished in fourth place with 45 points.
Eric Stoddard placed first in the shot put (34’10.5″) and discus (104’09”).
This is Carden of Tucson’s fifth year in the CAA. In that span, Carden has won 45 state awards.