Only a junior, Sabino track and field standout Eva Bruce brought home four individual state championships at the AIA Division III State Meet held May 14-15 at Phoenix Desert Vista High School. Her championships in the 100, 200, 300 Hurdles and Long Jump helped lead the Sabercats to a runner-up finish in team competition.
One might say her competition at the D-III level was not indicative of a top performer regardless of classification but they would be wrong. Her times and marks are tops in Southern Arizona regardless of level in the 100 Hurdles and 300 Hurdles and second in the 100, 200, 400 and Long Jump. She solidified her position as the best in Southern Arizona, and the state, by winning the Heptathlon Championship held at Mesa Red Mountain High School on Monday and Tuesday.
Bruce outdistanced Beatriz Razon of Centennial 4569 to 4513 and Catherine Littlewood of Queen Creek took third with 4390 points. Bruce earned the “Arizona’s Greatest Athlete” honor after her victory.
The seven events include the 100 Hurdles (8), High Jump (5), Shot Put (2), 200 (2), Long Jump (2), Javelin (5) and 800 (1). Salpointe standout Paris Mikinski took 7th (3986), Ironwood Ridge standout Kate Cherrington took 8th (3853) and Nogales standout Sabina Romero took 11th (3541). Mikinski won the High Jump.
In the Decathlon, Marana standout Maxwell Brent took 7th and Nogales standout Shahean Simon took 11th. This was the 45th Annual State Championships for both events.
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