State Champs: Boys Track Team Runs Away With Top Title

Senior sprinter puts on one-man show

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Todd Kreimeyer's three-year wait in relative track and field obscurity came to a screeching halt in the Class 3A Arizona State championships.

The senior speedster, who has been slowed by injuries most of his prep athletic career, put on a one-man show during the May 13 and 14 state finals at Mesa High School, winning two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Kreimeyer, who has been relegated most of his career to relay teams because of injuries, took first place in both the 100 (11:20) and 200 meters (22:65). He was also anchored the runner-up 4x100 relay team and the third place finishing 4x400 relay foursome.

His efforts, coupled with numerous top-eight finishes posted by his teammates, propelled the Longhorns to the Arizona state championship. The Horns ran away with the title, posting 120 points. Blue Ridge finished a distant second with 74 points. Coolidge was third with 74 points.

On the silver medalist 4x100 relay team with Kreimeyer were Brandon Echols, Joe Blackburn and Nate Doyle. The same four made up the bronze medalist 4x400 team.

In addition to Echols' running two legs on the relay teams, he finished as the runner up in both the 100 and 200 to Kreimeyer.

The 4x800 relay team of Bryson Addington, Carlos Lopez, David Cluff and Carlan Pontious turned in the most thrilling race of the evening, finishing second to Tuba City. In the hotly contested race, TC's Rick Worker dove over the finish line to nip Payson's anchor by .05 of a second.

Senior Brian Schwind won bronze medals in the high jump and triple jump and was fifth in the long jump. Freshman Nick Goodman took third in the pole vault.

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The 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams took second and third place respectively in the state finals. On the team are Joe Blackburn, Todd Kreimeyer, Brandon Echols and Nate Doyle.

Chris Durbin garnered fourth place honors in the pole vault and Troy Brown was fourth in the high jump.

Pontious took fifth in the 800 meters, as did Cluff in both the 1600 and 3200 meters.

"We had lots of thirds, fourths and fifths," coach Chuck Hardt said. "That's what won it for us."

With Kreimeyer's victories in the sprints, he is now eligible to participate in The Meet of Champions, which pits state titleholders from all school classifications against one another.

Hardt said early this week, Kreimeyer had not decided on whether he will enter the meet, which will be May 20 in the Valley.

If Kreimeyer opts to compete, he will have to choose between the 100 and 200. Meet rules relegate entrants to one event.

Hardt said Kreimeyer's best event is probably the 200 and his time of less than 23 seconds will rank him about the state's top eight.

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