After 5000 meters, a permanent finish line welcomes competitors at the Lubbock Christian University cross country course.
Braycen Buxman and Devyn Lauer, together, hold several keys to this weekend's state title derby.
Probably more than any other single individual, Coal Ridge’s Peyton Garrison holds the key to the 3A state meet.
Brooke Naughton clears 5-9 with room to spare, marking the best girls high jump of the season to date.
For Valley Christian and Logan Kelley, winning begins at the pole vault.
Trinity Henderson and Jocelyn Johnson--they're both back next year.
If Gilbert is to make a serious title run next spring, much will fall on the shoulders of Terrence Keyes.
Eva Bruce and Lydia Szabo should be back for another stirring 200 next year.
Mikayla Hutchison is one big reason Banning Lewis Prep is no longer flying under the radar.
Desert Vista's Luke Stalus projects to win the 200 and finish 5th in the 400. Those points could be huge for Desert Vista.
Ella Escobar is among the many reasons North Canyon's girls figure to prevail in Division 2.
If the Snowflake girls are to win a state title, Lydia Szabo figures as a key piece in the puzzle.
Valley Christian's Jose Garcia figures in both the 400 and 800 as a key to the outcome of the state meet.
Kaylin Lacher figures as one piece of a very tight battle in the Division 2 800.
Mesa Mountain View's Connor Wilson is one of the principles in the Division 1 pole vault race.
John Ruvo of Notre Dame Prep is one of a trio of Division 3 athletes with legitimate hopes at big prizes next month.
Rahni Turner's blazing 13.77 at Chandler Rotary has set the standard for the season thus far.
Sterling Brassfield had the finish line all to himself in the 200.
Jaedyn Carpenter was the first Arizona athlete of the season to drop below 48 seconds for the 400.
Salpointe Catholic's Paris Mikinski won the Chandler Rotary high jump and figures to be in the hunt at state as well.
Morenci's Kayla O'Connell holds a narrow lead on the Division 4 1600 field.
Queen Creek's Krew Jackson went to the top of the triple jump with a 44-9.5 on Saturday.
J'Neya Hill is part of a tag team of North Canyon sprinters that threatens to stand Division 2 on its ear.
Desert Vista's Hayden Gorovitz, a freshman, added a little interest to the Division 1 javelin this past week.
Reminding us just how exciting a good finish is, Madison Shults edged Mia Prok in the girls 800.
Madison Burciaga finds herself as a serious contender at both 400 and 800 meters early in the outdoor track and field season.
Tyson Givens is the early leader in the 300 hurdles with a 38.82.
William Merrick served notice of bigger things to come in the 800 with a 1:53.68.
Xander Black won a Division 1 cross country title last fall, but what does that translate to in terms of the 3200?
Makayla Hunter takes favorite status into this season, but there's a small group of girls aiming to keep her honest.