MESA - Rio Rico, Sahuarita and Sabino swept the top three spots in the Division III girls 3,200-meter relay Friday, and each of the three led at least once in the race.
But in the end, Aeoleone Bristow anchored the Hawks to the win in 9 minutes 44.94 seconds.
The Rio Rico senior crossed the finish line about 20 meters ahead of Sahuarita's Sidney Giddings and Sabino's Haley Stenquist, who closely battled for second and third place. Their times were 9:51.92 and 9:52.19, respectively.
"I gave it my all," Bristow said. "It's been a head-to-head rivalry with us and Sahuarita all year, and we weren't going to let them beat us this time. We wanted the state championship."
Senior Danielle Jones gave Rio Rico its first lead in the third leg, and after the handoff, Bristow never fell behind.
Sahuarita's Adriana Woletz anchored a comeback in the girls 1,600-meter relay, but still finished second to Higley in 4:10.88 in a wild finish. Higley won in 4:10.15.
"I went from second, and in the next millisecond, I'm first, and then the next millisecond, I was second again," Woletz said.
"I felt like I let my team down, because it was so close and I had it."
Catalina's Alejandro Montaño finished second in the Division III boys 1,600-meter race in 4:12.88. The win helped him fulfill his ambition.
"My primary goal coming to this meet was breaking my school record," Montaño said. "It was in 1973, 4:13 flat."
Montaño, a senior, said the key to breaking the record was staying with Tuba City's Billy Orman.
The two pulled away from the pack after the first 200 meters, and until the final lap, Montaño kept identical pace with Orman, who won in 4:06.75.
"That was my goal, to stay with him, and I knew I was going to get that record," Montaño said. "I gave it all I had in those first three laps. Just trying to stay up with him was tough."
Bristow and Stenquist faced off again in the 3,200-meter run. They ran together for the most part and ended up finishing second and third in 11:07.42 and 11:25.47, respectively.
"I didn't have my best race but I got third, so I'm happy," Stenquist, a senior, said. "It just wasn't my day today."
St. Augustine's Emilio Martinez-White won the Division IV 800-meter run in 2:00.2 for his second straight title.
Rio Rico's Alejandro Valencia placed second in the Division III boys 800 in 1:55.04, and also finished third in the 1,600 in 4:22.57.
Safford's Jacob McBride won the boys Division III discus title (153 feet 10 inches) and placed second in the shot put (49-2 1/2).
In Division IV action, Desert Christian's Matt Summerset hit 144-11 to win the boys discus, and Benson's Alex Bellmore placed second in the boys shot put (48-3).
Rachel Orr of Thatcher cleared 5-10 to win the Division III girls high jump title.