San Manuel's Wayne Newman pulls ahead en route to winning the 300-meter hurdles at the Division IV state track and field meet. Newman also won the 300 and the long jump.


MESA - San Manuel senior Wayne Newman might be from a small town, but in no way does he shy away from the big stage.

Newman swept the two Division IV hurdle events at Saturday's state championship meet for the second year in a row and won the long jump to go out a triple winner.

"From our town, everybody dreams about being a state champion," he said. "That's all the kids think about so being able to come out here and do it gives me a sense of pride for the town."

Newman won the 300 hurdles in 38.41 seconds, a personal best and the third fastest time of the day overall at Mesa Community College. He also won the 110 hurdles in 14.52. Later in the night, he jumped 22-8 1/4 to win the long jump.

"It's a great feeling, but just because I did that doesn't mean I'm done," said Newman, who is undecided for college. "I'm still setting higher goals for myself throughout the summer and hopefully into college."

Canyon del Oro senior Andrew Garcia won the Division II 1,600 in 4:23.17 to get his second gold medal of the meet.

He won the 3,200 on Wednesday night and was going for the sweep of the distance events before falling short in the 800.

"At the beginning of the year, I didn't even think I was going to get third at state," Garcia said. "I didn't think I was going to come and win this, so it's awesome to finish my senior year like this."

Rio Rico's 3,200 relay team of Carlos Villareal, Lee Jones, Ben Noriega and Braulio Lopez won in 8:08.14. Lopez, who was second in the 800 on Friday, anchored the team.

In Division II action, Sahuaro junior Cole Sterns placed second in the 110 hurdles and the long jump.

Sahuarita senior Aric Howard finished second in the 200, while Pueblo senior Denzel Woods was second in the 400.

In Division IV, St. Augustine Catholic junior Zach Alderte placed second in the 3,200.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13