The Outdoor Nationals
Hayward Field: Eugene, Oregon
Five athletes from Southern Arizona made the trip to the Outdoor Nationals held last week in Eugene, Oregon.
Sabino senior Eva Bruce came in 9th place in the Women Heptathlon including a personal record of 14.93 in the 100 Hurdles.
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. Bruce was also named “Arizona’s Greatest Athlete” after winning the state Heptathlon event at the end of May.
Former Sabino standout Jade Kwinn took fourth in the Javelin with a personal record of 154 feet, 10 inches (47.21). Kwinn won the Division III state championship with a state-record throw of 151-6.
Cienega standout Aislin Martinez-Pompa finished 16th in the Javelin (128.0/39.02) the winning throw was 169.01 by Kohana Nakato of Oregon. Martinez-Pompa won the D-II state championship with a throw of 130-6.
Salpointe senior Paris Mikinski took 11th place in the High Jump (5-6.50/1.69). The winning jump was 5-8.50 by Cheyla Scott of North Carolina. Mikinski came in second place at state with a jump of 5-6.
Former Nogales standout Sabina Romero attended the event but did not score in the High Jump. Romero took third at state with a jump of 5-2.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org