Track (Boys)
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Smith PR's at national track meet


CEDRIQUE SMITH glides to the finish line en route to a win in the 110-meter hurdles at the Wolves Invitational in April. Smith set a new personal record in the event, 14.41 seconds, while finishing third in his heat at the USTAF Junior Olympic National Championships July 29 in Walnut, Calif.
Walnut, California--Cedrique Smith's summer of success reached its zenith July 29 when a he set a personal record at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

The Agua Fria hurdler, who competed for Arizona Puma, completed the 110-meter hurdles in 14.41 seconds, eclipsing his previous best of 14.58, in finishing third in his heat and 11th overall. Rashad Smith won the event in 13.81. "I was very pleased with my performance," Smith said. "It was the best field I have ever faced. "I didn't come out of the blocks hard enough," he added. "I actually caught up to second place but then I hit a couple of hurdles." "I'm glad he ran so well," Agua Fria boys head track coach Ted Campbell said. "Cedrique went into the race ranked 15th and finished 11th. Finishing 11th out of 45 who qualified for the nationals from across the country is pretty good." His performance at the Junior Olympic Championships was the culmination of a summer of hard work that yielded substantial success.

Smith began his string of successes with a fourth-place finish in the Arizona Meet of Champions. He followed up with a bronze medal and top finish among Arizona competitors at the Great Southwest Classic. At the Golden West Invitational, Smith won the B Class 110 in 14.62 seconds and then competed in the elite class of the same race, finishing seventh in 14.81. Smith earned his trip to the nationals with a triumph at the USATF Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships July 12-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

"He ran well this summer against good competition," Campbell said. "This summer has been good for him." Smith said facing top-notch compeition all summer has provided invaluable experience, and has him primed for a return visit to the nationals next year. "I learned that hard work does pay off," Smith said. While Smith was the youngest competitor in the intermediate men's division, it is a younger hurdler that may provide the stiffest competition next year. "I've got to watch out for Wayne Davis II from North Carolina," Smith said. Competing as an intermediate boy this year, Davis ran 14.06 in the preliminaries and won the finals in 13.74. "He's very good," Smith said. Smith will enter his senior year at Agua Fria with a goal of breaking 14 seconds. "I need to run a clean race and I need more power out of the blocks to reach my goal of breaking 14 seconds," he said. With the summer track season out of the way, Smith will concentrate on winning a spot on the Agua Fria football team. Smith played football as a freshman and sophomore. "I played runing back and defensive back and returned kicks," he said.

Teammate also excels

Smith's Agua Fria teammate Breyan Miller, a sophomore-to-be, did not enjoy as much success as Smith at the nationals. Miller competed as part of the Arizona Rising Sun's 4x100 relay team, which tied for fifth in its heat, recording a time of 44.49, but did not qualify for the finals. In addition to Miller, the relay team was Jamal Miles of Peoria High School, Joseph Shorten of Raymond Kellis High School and Demetrius Wilson of Peoria. James Morris of Kellis was an alternate on the unit. The quartet qualified for the nationals by winning the event at the Region 10 Championships. Mike Russo can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] .


7/24/2007  Email this articlePrint this article 
Smith continues to excel on track

Mike Russo
sports editor

CEDRIQUE SMITH of Agua Fria pulls away during the 110-meter hurdles at the West Valley Region meet. Smith won the same event at the USATF Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships July 12-15 in Albuquerque, N.M., earning a trip to the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships July 24-29 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Albuquerque, NM--Summertime is generally the offseason for high school track athletes, but that has not been the case for Agua Fria's Cedrique Smith. Smith, who competed for Arizona Puma, earned another gold medal in winning the 110-meter hurdles in the under 19 category at the USATF Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships July 12-15 in Albuquerque. Region 10 includes Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and the El Paso area of Texas. Smith recorded a time of 14.63 seconds to outdistance second-place Andrew Busher, who finished in 14.70. The victory earned Smith a trip to the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships Tuesday through Sunday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. "That's a good time for this time of year," Agua Fria coach Ted Campbell said. Smith's best time in the event is 14.58. "Cedrique is only 16 but he is running against older kids because they go by birth year, which for him is 1991," Campbell said. Smith won his race without benefit of a preliminary heat. "We didn't have enough people for a preliminary heat, so we just had a final," Smith said. Not running a preliminary race did not prove detrimental to Smith either physically or in his mental preparation. "I just went back to the hotel when they canceled the preliminary and came back the next day to run the finals," he said. Smith said he was not particularly pleased with his performance in Albuquerque and a better effort will be needed in California. He had set of goal of running less than 14 seconds in Albuquerque. "I was pulling away between hurdles, and then I slowed up because I was watching the other runner," Smith said. "I hit two hurdles real bad and nicked a total of four," he added. "That slowed me down." In preparation for his participation in the national championships, Smith will focus his attentions on the hurdles and the track. "I know I can't look at anybody," he said. "I have to concentrate on the hurdles and looking down the track."

Teammate also excels Agua Fria teammate Breyan Miller, who will be a sophomore this year, also competed in the Region 10 Championships and finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.71 seconds) and qualified for the national championships as a member of the victorious 4x100 relay team in the boys intermediate category. Competing for the Arizona Rising Sun track team, Miller ran the lead leg for the relay team that recorded a time of 43.16. "He's really come on," Campbell said. "He was running about 12 flat during track season." Miller was followed in order by Jamal Miles of Peoria High School, Joseph Swordton of Raymond Kellis High School and Demetrius Wilson of Peoria. James Morris of Kellis is an alternate on the unit. "I ran a decent lead leg," Miller said. He was in second place when he passed the baton to Miles. "It was pretty exciting," Miller said. "We get to go to nationals. I believe we can take it. Our times are getting better each time. "I am pretty excited to go to nationals," he added.

Busy summer

The triumph by Smith was another success during his busy offseason of competition.  Smith competed in the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic, the Golden West Invitational and the Meet of Champions earlier this summer. At the Golden West Invitational, Smith won the B Class 110 in 14.62 and then competed in the elite class of the same race, finishing seventh in 14.81. Smith's time of 14.72 earned him the bronze medal and the top finish among Arizona competitors at the Great Southwest Classic. He began his summer of competition by placing fourth in the 110 hurdles at the Arizona Meet of Champions. His time was 14.84. Matt Moore of Brophy College Prep won the event in 14.57.

Mike Russo can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] .


6/29/2007   

Busy summer for former, current Owls


Indianapolis, Indiana--

JONSY SIMMONS soars over the bar for Agua Fria during a track meet last season. Simmons placed eighth at the USA Junior Olympics Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 22 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, clearing 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
CEDRIQUE SMITH streaks to the finish line of the 110-meter hurdles of last season's Wolves Classic. Smith is training for the USATF Region X Junior Olympic Championships July 12-15 in Albuquerque.

A busy track offseason has wrapped up for a former Agua Fria athlete and it continues for a current Owl. High jumper Jonsy Simmons cleared 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches to place eighth at the USA Junior Olympics Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 22 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Former Agua Fria teammate Cedrique Smith sat out that meet, but is training for the USATF Region X Junior Olympic Championships July 12-15 in Albuquerque. The top three finishers in each event at that meet qualify for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships July 24-29 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Simmons, who won the Class 4A-I high- (7 feet) and triple-jump (44-7 1/2) state titles, was successful at the same height as friendly rival Phil Feinberg, a recent graduate of Corona del Sol, as well as Jason House and Phil Oamen, but he finished eighth because of more misses. Kevin Snyder won the event at 6-11 3/4. Simmons' finish in Indianapolis was his lowest of the summer. He placed second to Feinberg at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic at 6-9 and he won Golden West Invitational at 6-10 1/4. Simmons finished second to Feinberg in the Arizona Meet of Champions. Both jumpers cleared 7-0, but Feinberg did it on fewer misses. The hot and humid weather in Indianapolis may have taken some of the spring out of his legs, Simmons said. Another factor contributing to his sub-par performance was the track's surface. "I wasn't used to the surface," he said. "It was like a rubberized carpet. It did not have much give to it. It's a surface designed for speed, not jumping." Holding the event early in the day also may have kept him from a peak performance, Simmons said. "It was like 7 a.m. Arizona time," Simmons said. "It was very early." The Junior Olympics concluded his summer of activity, Simmons said. "I think I might be done for the rest of the summer," he said. He plans to rest and prepare for jumping at the University of Arizona. "We'll probably start workouts within a week of school starting," he said.

Altering plans

Smith had originally intended to compete in the 110-meter hurdles at the Indianapolis meet but had to alter his plans.

He has now set his sights on the Region X Championships. "[Agua Fria] Coach [Ted] Campbell has been helping me out to get ready for the meet," Smith said. "I have been running every day." Smith said he also has worked on hurdling technique during training sessions at Verrado High School, "They have let me use the track while Agua Fria's track is being redone," he said. While training for the Region X Championships, Smith has been concentrating on improving his starts. "I need a better start and I have to improve my speed between hurdles," he said. He has set a goal of running in the 13-second range at the Albuquerque meet. Like Simmons, Smith competed in the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic, the Golden West Invitational and the Meet of Champions during his busy summer. At the Golden West Invitational, Smith won the B Class 110 in 14.62 seconds and then competed in the elite class of the same race, finishing seventh in 14.81. Smith's time of 14.72 seconds earned him the bronze medal and the top finish among Arizona competitors at the Great Southwest Classic. He began his summer of competition by placing fourth in the 110 hurdles at the Meet of Champions. His time was 14.84. Matt Moore of Brophy College Prep won the event in 14.57.

Mike Russo can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]



Jonsy Simmons wins the Golden West in Sacramento, CA

Cedrique Smith 7th overall  after winning his heat!!!

Boys High Jump -A Section
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Name Year School Finals Points
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Flight 1
1 JONSY SIMMONS 12 AZ,Agua Fria 2.09m ---------------------6-10.25 
2 ALFRED (EDDIE) MCCLAIN I 12 KS,Bonner Springs H 2.06m-6-09.00 
2 MAURICE VALENTINE 10 CA,Castro Valley Hi 2.06m ---------6-09.00
4 BILLY BUTLER 11 OR,Hillsboro High S 2.01m ----------------6-07.00
5 DAKODA JOHN 12 AZ,Thatcher High Sc J2.01m --------------6-07.00 
6 DANNY STAATS 11 OR,Henley J2.01m ------------------------6-07.00
7 JOSH SUTTON 11 MO,North County Hig 1.96m --------------6-05.00
8 DARRYL MULLIKIN 12 CA,Damonte Ranch Hi 1.91m ---------6-03.25
9 MARCUS ROSENDOLL 11 TX,Summit High Scho J1.91m -----6-03.25
9 PHILLIP SMITH 12 CA,Rio Americano Hi J1.91m -------------6-03.25
9 JOSH BUTLER 10 NV,Damonte Ranch Hi J1.91m -------------6-03.25
12 ADAM THAYER 12 AZ,Brophy College P J1.91m -------------6-03.25
-- JEFFREY FORD 12 CA,Hayward High --------------------------NH
-- AARON THOMPSON 10 CA,Archbishop Riord -----------------NH


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What in the world?

Junior Cedrique Smith, Ranked 12th in the 110's gets third place in New Mexico.

--Beats 4A state champion, Ty Cordova!!!--

The only two hurdlers to beat him are from Texas!!!

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles
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  Albuquerque, New Mexico 6-2-07

  Name----------------------------------------Finals  Wind H#
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  1 Spurlock, Oscar  Dallas, TX---------------14.09  -1.2  3
  2 Cray, Eric TX,-------------------------------14.36  -2.5  2
  3 Smith, Cedrique Avondale, AZ------------14.72  -0.2  1
  4 Flakes, Cameron   Albuquerque, NM-----14.73  -1.2  3
  5 Cordova, Ty Tucson, AZ-------------------14.77  -2.5  2
  6 Iverson, Hyrum Brigham City, UT---------14.85  -0.2  1
  7 Moore, Matt   Mesa, AZ--------------------14.93  -0.2  1
  8 Dias, Kelby Colorado Springs, C----------14.94  -0.2  1
  9 Winbush, Chad   TX,-----------------------15.03  -1.2  3
10 Bolen, Blake   Aurora, CO------------------15.05  -1.2  3
11 Holguin, Alex Las Cruces, NM--------------15.18  -2.5  2
12 Thomas, Deandre   Goodyear, AZ---------15.33  -0.2  1
13 Washington, Marcus Phoenix, AZ----------15.51  -0.2  1
14 Thayer, Adam Paradise Valley, AZ---------15.52  -2.5  2
15 Pierson, Cory Springville, UT---------------15.54  -0.2  1
16 John, Dakoda   Central, AZ-----------------15.64  -2.5  2
17 Webb, Shaun Kaysville, UT-----------------15.81  -0.2  1
-- Chaney, Clayton   Bellville, TX---------------DNF  -1.2 3


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The beat goes on.....Senior Prince McClinton
breaks Agua Fria Triple Jump mark, and wins
at the Meet Of Champions Saturday Night.
   45' 1 3/4" !!!!
Jonsy Simmons jumps 7' 0" again, and ties for 1st."
Both headed to New Mexico & the Great Southwest
track meet of the 7 states finalist!!!!

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State Champions, at the all-school celebration assembly.

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Men - 4A1 - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
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1) Agua Fria   78  

2) Canyon Del Oro 50 
3) McClintock   48

4) Catalina   47 
5) Prescott   39

6) Ironwood Ridge 34 
7) Raymond S. Kellis 30

8) Sabino 28 
9) Greenway   26

10) Marana    25
11) Sahuaro 24.50

12) Willow Canyon  24
13) Thunderbird 23

14) Apollo   20
15) Nogales 17

15) Chaparral High School 17
15) Moon Valley  17

18) Pinnacle High School 16
18) Millennium 16

20) Cactus 15
21) Rincon   13

22) Saguaro High School  10
22) Independence  10

22) Lake Havasu   10
25) Catalina Foothills  8.50

26) Cienega 6
27) Copper Canyon  5
 

28)Pueblo  0

29)Amphitheater  0

30)Liberty  0


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Region Champs 2007-2006-2005-2004!!!!

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Boys & Girls win the Tempe Relays Combined, Small School division!!!!
A great night at ASU!!!!

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Moon Valley 4 x 4. They're our buddies!

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Greenway Invite Champs
Agua Fria with Willow Canyon Girls
(They're our buddies)

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Greenway Invitaional Champions!!!

Jordan Bean sets school record in the 800--1:56.43!!!!

Everson Griffen beats Mike Talbots shot record with a throw of 58-0 1/2!!!!


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