The Division III Coconino Panthers track and field program got its season off and running last weekend at the Buckeye Invitational in Goodyear, with Dawson Buckley leading the way in the field events and the girls putting on a good showing between the lines.
Buckley, who helped turn things around for the football team in the fall, finished in first place in the shot put with a mark of 45-06 and third in the discus on a 127-04 throw. For the girls side, senior Woodlyn Smith added a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run in 13:00.59 for the Panthers.
Kaelynn Ashley took the top of the podium after clocking a first-place time of 5:49.05 in the girls 1600m for Coconino. Smith also won the 300m hurdles event with a time of 47.84. Coconino's Jordan Brockman finished fourth in both the 300m and 100m hurdles.
Hope Saxton (13:56.14) and Soma Freeman (15:12.10) finished fifth and 10th for the Panthers in the girls 3200. Saxton finished eighth in the 1600, with teammate Lilia Tassinari getting 10th. Tassinari was 10th in the 800m and Ashley was the fourth-place finisher.
Taylor Taliman finished ninth in the boys 3200m in 11:06.95 and placed 14th in the 1600 in 5:02.36. In the pole vault for CHS, Luke Hagaman and Bryant Palmer provided a 2-3 punch, with the former hitting a mark of 14-06 and the latter recording a 12-00.
Grant Hagaman was sixth in the pole vault for the Panthers, and teammate Brennan Motes was seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the high jump.
Maya Tijerin took the bronze in the shot put on a toss of 33-04 for the Panthers girls, and teammate Charity Saganey came in just behind in fourth at 31-06. Panthers junior Abigail Zacharias had a second-place result in the triple jump at 30-03.5.
Coconino continues its season this weekend with the Small School Invite set to take place at Mesa Community College Saturday.
SAND DEVILS 7, GOLDEN EAGLES 2
Page swept its doubles matches on Wednesday en route to a road win over Bourgade Catholic at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, improving to 2-0 to start the season.
Isaiah Adams at No. 1 and Anthony Isaac at No. 2 each won their matches in two sets, 6-1, 6-1 for the Sand Devils, who have not dropped a doubles matchup yet this spring. Jahzeel Acosta added a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles for Page in the meeting of the two D-III teams.
Adams and Acosta paired up for No. 1 doubles and came away winners on an 8-3 score. Isaac teamed with Ben Treece for an 8-6 win on court two. Treece had Page's other singles victory at No. 4, 7-5, 6-3.
Page's Konnor Reed and freshman Seth Deering took a 9-7 victory at No. 3 doubles.
At 1 p.m. Friday Page takes on the hosting Florence Gophers.
SAND DEVILS 9, GOLDEN EAGLES 0
D-III Page bounced back from a loss with a rout of Bourgade Catholic on Wednesday in Glendale.
Parris Adams played a clean sweep at No. 2 singles and the Sand Devils improved to 2-1. Page's No. 1 Kelsey Smith won 6-2, 6-1, with No. 3 Joby Nockideneh earning a 6-1, 6-1 two-set sweep.
Not a single Page player was pushed into a third set. Meanwhile in doubles, Adams and Smith got an 8-4 win at No. 1, and Chloe Olander and Elena Mathson matched the score at No. 3. Olander won her No. 5 singles match, 6-4, 6-2.
Nicole Manygoats recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win on court five and Diana Secody added another at court six, 6-3, 6-4. Nockideneh and Manygoats were 8-3 winners at the doubles third flight.
Page plays on the road against Florence on Friday.