Chandler reigns supreme at state track meet SanTan Sun News

Chandler reigns supreme at state track meet

May 16th, 2019 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler reigns supreme at state track meet
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By Zach Alvira
Sports Editor

If Chandler High School senior Morgan Foster wanted to make a statement at the final meet of her prep career, she accomplished her goal.

The Stanford University signee dominated on the track for the Wolves at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Track and Field State Championships last week, capturing gold in the girls Division I 800- and 1600-meter runs. She also helped lead Chandler’s relay team to gold in the 4×400- and 4×800-meter relay.

“I’ve had kind of an uncertain past month and a half of training,” Foster said. “I’ve been dealing with some small injuries and a really bad illness. Just to be here and get those golds is an amazing feeling.”

Battling through adversity is something Foster is used to.

In January, 2018, she was involved in a single-car crash that could have taken her life. She spent nearly a week in the hospital recovering from her injuries, which included a concussion, collapsed lung and a broken arm that required a plate and several screws to fix.

She made her way back to the track and won the 800-meter state title just months after her accident.

“I would definitely use the word persistent,” Foster said to describe herself. “I’ve had some small bumps in the road and I’ve had some big bumps. But every time I get back up and fight even harder.

“It’s taught me a lot about who I am as a person being able to compete at all of these championships.”

Foster’s illustrious career at Chandler, where she won five individual gold medals and two silvers, puts her in the conversation as one of the best runners the state has ever seen.

With her help, as well as several other Chandler contributors, the girls captured their fourth straight state championship.

“I love my team and my coach,” Foster said. “All of the support from all of the coaches and other kids, it’s crazy it’s over. It’s been a crazy ride. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”   

Chandler’s dominance at the state meet extended well beyond the girls program.

Freshman Quaron Adams, who also plays football at Chandler, stunned spectators with a 10.49-second 100-meter dash. It was the ninth fastest time ran by a freshman in U.S. history and fastest overall this season.

“It feels amazing,” Adams said. “I didn’t know I was capable of it. It’s a lot of hard work.”

Following the 100, Adams, along with junior Kiondre Taylor and sophomores Eli Sanders and Tyson Tippett, won gold in the 4×100-meter relay in 41.49 seconds.

Sanders, who was a part of Mountain Pointe High School’s championship relay team last season, picked up where he left off in 2018 and gave Chandler the early advantage in the first leg.

“We have great coaching and practice that helps us get through the mental and physical aspect of the race,” Sanders said. “I know my teammates have my back and stay with me through the whole thing.”

Tippett ran the second leg for Chandler while Taylor took the third. As the anchor, Adams sealed the victory.

“The championship feels nice,” Tippett said. “I love hearing our name called first at the end of the day.”

Following the relay, Adams ran the 200-meter dash 21.61 seconds. While he placed second behind Tucson High School’s Johnnie Blockburger, his time is the second-fastest by a freshman in the nation this season.

Chandler’s third and final gold medal in the track events came during the 4×400-meter relay. Taylor was the only one from the 4×100 team to compete in the final event of the meet.

The Wolves went on to finish in 3 minutes, 19.24 seconds to win the event and seal the boys’ state title with 113 team points.

“It’s outstanding,” Taylor said. “It’s a pleasure to be coming out here with this family as a team. We had a few bumps along the way but everyone stepped up. I’m thankful for all of this.”

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