By Michael Moroney ’13
Numerous students on Brophy’s track and field team have stepped up late in
the season to become leaders and standout athletes, their coach said.
“Tommy Williams ’11, Will Firth ’11, Josh Dennard ’11 – three seniors who have been great team leaders,” said head coach Mr. Bill Kalkman.
Williams and Firth compete in multiple distance running events while Dennard runs sprint events along with long jump events.
Those three athletes, along with Devon Allen ’13 and James Harper ’12, have consistently won or medaled in their individual events at multiple meets and invitationals.
Allen runs in sprint events, such as the 100 and 200-meter dash, and Harper competes in the high jump.
On March 25 and 26, the Broncos competed in one of the most important meets of the season at the Chandler Rotary Invitational and finished third to Chandler and Hamilton.
“Everyone had very good marks with several PRs from many of the team members,” Williams said about the invitational.
Firth finished second in the 3200-meter run while Dennard finished third in the long jump. Brophy’s 4×100 meter relay team got fourth place.
Next, Brophy traveled to Arcadia, Calif., to compete in one of the most competitive track meets on the west coast.
At this invitational, Allen finished third in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Also, Brophy’s 4×110 meter hurdle team finished in third place.
This team included Allen, Perry Williams ’12, Jake Faust ’12 and Brad Newman ’12.
Currently, Allen has the top 400-meter time in the state at 48.73 seconds, which he obtained at the AMDG Invitational at Brophy. Firth has the second best 3200-meter time at 9:25.12, which he ran in the Chandler Rotary Invitational.
The Arizona state track meet is on Wednesday, May 11 and Saturday, May 14 at Mesa Community College.
After that, the Broncos hope to qualify for the second year in a row for the Nike Track Nationals on June 25 in Eugene, Ore.