MESA - Alyssa Thompson had a haunting experience at the state meet her sophomore year when she clipped her foot on a hurdle and fell.
Since then, the Salpointe Catholic senior hasn't been able to forget it. But after her performance Saturday at Mesa Community College, she finally might.
Thompson won three titles on the final day of the state meet to make her a quadruple champion and help the Lancers score 88 points to cruise to their second straight Division II title.
"Every time I come here I have that little remembrance of me falling," Thompson said. "Luckily, I have not fallen in the 300 hurdles race since then."
Thompson, who signed with Wake Forest earlier this year, was huge in helping the Lancers repeat, as was junior Michaela Crunkleton Wilson who easily won the 100, 200 and 400 to sweep the sprint events.
"I just came out knowing I was going to put all my effort forward no matter what place I came out and just knowing not to be disappointed in myself," Crunkleton Wilson said.
Thompson started the day by winning the 100 hurdles in a personal-best 14.78 seconds, then won the long jump with another career best of 19 feet 3 inches. She capped her high school days with a 42.55 win in the 300 hurdles, narrowly missing the state record of 42.01.
"I came out with a strong mindset knowing that if everything goes as planned I can do this, and it happened," said Thompson, who won the triple jump Wednesday. "I P.R.'d in every single event that I did today so I can't say I was upset with any event knowing that I did it faster than I've ever done before."
Pusch Ridge Christian senior Sarah Macdonald went out a double champion by winning the Division IV 1,600 for the second straight year in 5:17.87. She also finished second in the 800 (2:21.83), which is her favorite race.
"I wanted all the state titles but I have to remind myself that second in the state is pretty good still," Macdonald said.
Macdonald helped the Lions win the team title for the second straight year.
In more Division II action, Sahuaro's 400 relay team narrowly edged Sahuarita's squad. Junior Jasmine Simmons anchored the Cougars' win in 48.33 while the Mustangs finished second for the second year in a row in 48.62.
"We threw this team together in the middle of the season, and it just worked," said senior Nicole Fotinos, who was also second in the long jump.
Santa Rita junior Briana Myers won the Division III 100 hurdles (14.88) and finished second in the 100 (12.66) to earn her first state title.
"This year I took it a lot more seriously so I could be the best I could be," Myers said.
St. Augustine Catholic junior Miranda Jackson won the Division IV shot put with a 32-8 3/4 toss. She finished second in the discus Friday and said not getting a title then pushed her more Saturday.
Douglas junior Grecia Castillo won the Division III triple jump (36-1 3/4), and senior teammate Kayla Fields was second in the 300 hurdles in 45.77.