Carlos Villarreal, Rio Rico
What he did: Just as Villarreal did as a junior, he won both the boys Division III 800 and 1,600-meter runs and anchored his 3,200 relay team to a first place finish. But this time, he managed to do all that in an even more impressive way. The cross-country champion also displayed his distance potential when he won the 3,200 at the Scottsdale Distance Classic in 8:59.09, the fastest time in the state this spring.
Top performance: Without a doubt, Villarreal’s best showing came at the state championship meet when he won the 1,600 in a state-record 4 minutes 3.97 seconds for his first of three titles. That same evening he won the 800 in a speedy 1:54.23 and the next day he anchored Rio Rico’s 3,200 relay team to its second straight state crown in 8:03.05.
What’s next: Villarreal is signed to run cross-country and track for the Arizona Wildcats; he committed to the UA in the spring of 2014 as a junior.
Runner-up: Lawrence Wallace, Tucson. The Alabama-bound senior won the boys Division I long jump championship and anchored the Badgers to an unprecedented first-place finish in the 400 relay; he also had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 200 but didn’t race in the final because of an injured right hamstring. Tucson claimed the state runner-up trophy for its best finish since 1971, when the Badgers won their second of two straight 5A state crowns.