ON DECK: Criminal jumpers the big story from first day
On the first day of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Track and Field State Championship on Wednesday, Bernie Montoya did what Bernie Montoya does and won state in the 3,200.
Fellow Raider Monica Huston racked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600.
Again, not a shock.
To me, the day belonged to Yuma High.
The Criminals had a pair of athletes finish in third place on Wednesday. David Stiles, after falling in his 110 hurdles race, finished third in long jump after coming in seeded 22nd — 22nd!!! His teammate, Michelle Watson, qualified for only one event but made it count by finishing third in triple jump — which she came in seeded No. 11. Watson's jump in the state meet, her last event of her Yuma High career, was nearly two feet better than her seeded mark.
Talk about stepping up on the big stage.
Yes, Bernie won another state title and Monica had two more fantastic finishes, but the real story of the first day belonged to the Criminals' third-place finishers.