MESA - Salpointe Catholic junior Andy Trouard pulled away in the final lap of the 3,200-meter run to give him his third Division II state title of the meet and a sweep of Saturday's distance events at Mesa Community College.
It also may have locked up the Lancers' first ever team championship.
Trouard was responsible for 30 points with his three wins as Salpointe was leading the competition at press time.
In Division IV action, St. Augustine Catholic senior Nico Montañez came back to win the Division IV 1,600- and 800-meter runs Saturday night just one night after he ran away with the 3,200 title.
Montañez took the lead in the 800 with less than 100 meters to go and won in 1:59.32. He also kicked late in the final lap to win the 1,600 in 4:28.29.
"I was just staying behind and racing smart," Montañez said.
Montañez, who will run at Paradise Valley Community College next year, said this was the first time he's won three individual events at the state meet. He has nine career titles.
Douglas senior Alfonso Mejia, defending champion in the Division III 300 hurdles, finished second in the event this year by seven-tenths of a second. His 39.35 finish was better than last year's winning time.
Salpointe Catholic senior William Wallace cleared 15 feet in the Division II pole vault to tie for second.
Wallace improved his mark by nearly one foot from last year's Division I state meet and said he was "very grateful" to be runner-up.
Canyon del Oro senior Sayre Stewart finished fourth in the pole vault with a 14-6 mark, and teammate Robert Metz placed second in the long jump (22-9) after winning the triple jump Wednesday.
Salpointe got another second-place medal from Davierre Cummins in the shot put (51-1 1/4).
In Division II action, Sabino senior Tyler Stamp finished second in the 1,600 in 4:27.90. Stamp also ran the 800 and took a lead in the second lap but fell back to 13th place.
Empire senior Cruz Rodriguez finished second in the 800 in 1:55.17.
Sabino also placed second in the Division III 400 relay in 43.71 behind Higley High, which won in 42.49.
Sophomore anchor Alex Turner said Sabino teammate Sunthi Danh made the difference in the first leg.
"Hopefully we'll come back next year and take first place," Turner said.
Cienega senior Edgar Poe placed third in the Division I triple jump with a 46-9 mark. He was competing under a court order against the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Look for state results later this week in the Star.