Track & Field: Southern Arizona Championships

University of Arizona commit Paris Mikinski won the high jump with a mark of 5-5. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Saturday, April 23: Mountain View Marana

The last day for State Qualifying Meets is set for Saturday, April 30 so the Southern Arizona Championships held at Mountain View on April 23 served as one of the last opportunities for athletes to earn a state qualifying mark or time. There are still a few more opportunities but time is running out.

The state tournament for track and field starts on May 7 for Division I and II and May 10 for D-III and D-IV. D-II and D-II will also have a second day scheduled for May 11 and the finals for all four divisions will be held May 14 at Mesa Community College.

A maximum of 26 entries will qualify for all running events, the long jump, the triple jump, the discus and the shot put and 22 will qualify for the high jump, pole vault and javelin. 18 relay teams will qualify.

As a team, the Salpointe Catholic girls won the Southern Arizona Championships and Cienega won on the boy’s side:

1 Salpointe Catholic 112
2 Queen Creek 93.50
3 Cienega 80
4 ALA Queen Creek 79
5 Sabino 41.50
6 Marana 34
7 Ironwood Ridge 32
8 Poston Butte 30
9 Empire 24
10 Canyon Del Oro 23


1 Cienega 97
2 Salpointe Catholic 60
3 Catalina Foothills 48
4 Marana Mountain View 47
5 Poston Butte 44.50
6 ALA Queen Creek 44
7 Tucson 43
8 Ironwood Ridge 39.50
9 Queen Creek 36
10 Canyon Del Oro 35.50


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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