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Tolleson duo take home state track titles

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Trey Johnson, Dallas Dixon fuel 4th-place team finish

Two members of the Tolleson boys track team added state champion medals to their resume at the Division I state meet May 6 at Mesa Community College.

Trey Johnson placed first in both the 100 meter dash and the long jump, while Dallas Dixon placed first in the high jump.

Johnson and Dixon were two of the key components in helping Tolleson's boys team finish 4th overall at the state meet.

I was proud of them,” Tolleson first-year coach Jason Fleming said. “We had a pretty big showing at state with the athletes. Our team showed up.”

Johnson won the 100 meters with a time of 10.94 seconds, a quarter of a second faster than runner-up Kendon Walker of Chandler.

It was a really good race for him,” Fleming said. “It [wasn't] a PR [personal record], but Saturday was insanely windy. The wind was just blowing in their faces. Anyone PRing on Saturday was not likely, [but] to run a 10.9 with the wind in his face is insane.”

Dixon was able to post a personal record in the high jump at 6 feet, 6 inches.

He went in and we knew he was ranked No. 2 in state,” Fleming said. “When I walked over and saw him hit 6-6, we were all pretty excited about that. When we found out he won, there was even more excitement.”

Johnson nearly won three events at the meet, but missed out on the 110 meter hurdles by one one-hundredth of a second. He was bested by Chandler's T. J. Green, who ran a 14.15 to Johnson's 14.16.

He had the best time in the state for the 110 hurdles,” Fleming said. “He should have had that third [title] too, just a hundredth of a second off.”

Fleming said the boys' 4x800-meter relay team broke the school record this season in qualifying for the state meet. They ran an 8:48.76, also just one one-hundredth of a second off Mesa Skyline for 17th place.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team also qualified for state, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in at least a decade, Fleming said.

It's insane how fast they got,” Fleming said. “It's basically the same girls from last year except one.”

Fleming said he was proud of the entire team's performances over the season.

It was definitely a good year,” Fleming said.

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

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