Pitted against some of the finest prep hurdlers from a nine-state area, Dustin Isles more than held his own finishing seventh in a star-studded field of 22 that qualified for the 35th Annual Great Southwest Classic held June 5 at the University of New Mexico.
Isles, who graduated May 27 with the Payson High class of 2010, turned in a time of 39.08 that was slightly off his PR of 38.34.
But that was nothing unusual — none of the invitees to the race equaled or bettered their PRs.
The event gold medalist, Jordan Burgess of Texas, was clocked in 37.26, but had a personal best of 37.20.
Isles qualified for the prestigious meet by winning the Meet of Champions held May 22 at Queen Creek High School.
There, his 38.81 was good enough to outduel Arizona’s best hurdlers from school sizes of all classifications 1A to 5A.
A week earlier at the Class 3A state championships held in Tempe, Isles ran away with the gold medal in 38.64.
Also during his senior season he hurdled his way to the East Region championship and in April set a Winslow Invitational meet record of 38.99.
Isles was also an accomplished 110-meter hurdler finishing third at the 3A state meet.
He, however, did not compete in the event at the Great Southwest.
Isles has said he would like to continue his track and field career at the next level, possibly at Paradise Valley College.