Local Glance: March 24
Gaines, Montoya set Cibola records
Deante Gaines is at it again.
Gaines broke three Cibola track and field records at the 72nd Annual Chandler Invitational on Saturday.
Gaines recorded a 45 feet 6 inches in the triple jump — breaking the previous Cibola record of 44-3. He took fourth in the event.
Records were also broken by Gaines in the 110 hurdles and long jump. In the 110, he recorded a time of 14.085 — besting the previous record of 15.01. He went 21-11 in the long jump, breaking the record of 21-9 1/2.
Gaines also received automatic state qualifying scores for all three events.
Bernie Montoya was also in a record breaking mood — setting two of his own.
In the 1600, Montoya ran a 4:08 to break the previous record of 4:12. He took second and his time in the 1600 is currently the second best in the nation.
Montoya also took first in the 800, with a time of 1:53.22 to set a new Raider record. The previous record was 1.58. Both scores earned Montoya automatic state qualifying times.
On the girls side, Monica Huston took second in the 800 with a time of 2:17. She also took seventh in the 1600 with a time of 5:08, earning her two automatic state qualifying times.
Team scores from the meet were not available by presstime.
The meet consists of more than 100 schools, including 14 out of state school and an Canadian school. There were more than 3,000 athletes competing.
Cibola runner-ups in tournament
After a close win in the semifinals, Cibola was outmatched against Sunrise Mountain in the championship of the Sandra Day O’Connor/Desert Vista tournament on Saturday.
The Raiders beat Deer Valley 3-2 but lost to Sunrise Mountain 15-0 in three innings in the title game. Sunrise Mountain is ranked No. 2 in the state at Division II according to Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.
“I’ve been coaching for 23 years and that’s the best hitting team I’ve ever seen,” Cibola coach Shelly Baumann said.
In their win against Deer Valley, senior Jackie Pierson pitched a complete game, six-hitter while striking out three. Pierson also added a two-run double in the Raiders’ three-run first inning. Freshman Leslie Morris added a two-out single to score Pierson.