Christian Poe had just one event to do Saturday at the University of Arizona-hosted Willie Williams Classic, so it gave him a chance to have a big day — a really big day.
The Cienega senior shattered his personal best by 3 inches to win the boys high jump in the third and final day of action at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. The meet featured more than 1,000 athletes from 41 high schools along with college competition on Friday and Saturday.
Poe’s performance — a 6-foot-9-inch clearance — was one of the top performances Saturday, but he wasn’t alone. Marana senior Sydney Madrid won three gold medals, while Santa Rita senior Briana Myers claimed two along with Jake Vartainian of Ironwood Ridge. However, Poe had all eyes on him as he came close to clearing 6-10 on his third and final attempt of the day.
“I came in feeling real good and I knew it was my only event today, so I had a lot of energy and I was ready to jump,” said Poe, who is signed to play football and do track for Army.
Madrid got her first of three gold medals when she started the day off by winning the girls 300-meter hurdles in 45.61 seconds. Then she helped the Tigers win both the 400 and 1,600 relays, and finished third in the 100 hurdles.
Myers, last years girls 100 hurdles champion in Division III, won that same event in 14.83 ahead of Sahuaro’s Brielle Sterns to get her second individual championship of the meet. She also won the 100 in 12.82 seconds but was disappointed she didn’t get to face Stanford-bound Salpointe Catholic senior Michaela Crunkleton Wilson, who sat the race out after injuring her left leg the preliminaries Friday.
“She’s a really tough competitor; I was looking forward to racing her,” Myers said. “She’s really good and definitely pushes me to go faster.”
Vartanian of I-Ridge was also a double winner, finishing first in the boys 300 hurdles in 39.05 and the 100 hurdles in 11.16. He was also a member of the Nighthawks’ 400 relay team that had the best prelim time, although a mishap on a handoff disqualified them in the finals.
Senior Tommy Ciaccio anchored Catalina Foothills to a win in the 400 relay in 43.45 after I-Ridge dropped out. He also finished second in the 200.
Sierra Vista Buena had two winners with senior Savaughn Christman taking the girls 200 in 25.23 and senior Ben Sims placing first in the boys triple jump by 3 feet at 45-11.
Flowing Wells senior Shalise Fernander won the 400 in 56.57 ahead of Salpointe senior Diana Gajda, who is signed to run for UA.
Meet results, Page B11