MP’s Claye, DV’s Kline set Ariz. records at Arcadia

Will Claye simply took over the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational Saturday night.

The Mountain Pointe junior first won the national meet's invitational section of the long jump, hitting 24-1 1/4, then jumped 51-7 1/2 - an Arizona state record at any level - to also capture the triple jump's invitational section.

The latter mark is tops in the nation to date, bettering the previous mark by seven inches.

Claye was second in the triple jump at Arcadia last year at 48-6 1/2.

His teammate, senior Michael Woodham, finished fourth in the 110-meter invitational hurdles with a time of 14.36 and fifth in the 300 invitational hurdles (39.24).

Natasa Vulic and Aubri Carman, the only members of the Pride girls team in attendance, were sixth (11:08.47) and 12th (11:21.41), respectively, in the 3,200.

Desert Vista, meanwhile, sent the highest number of athletes from any Arizona school on the boys side, and it paid off in the 4-by-100 relay.

That team, made up of brothers Anders and Allante Battle, Spencer Chase and anchorman Luke Matthews, won in 41.35. That mark was 0.02 seconds off the Class 5A state record.

Not to be outdone, Thunder senior John Kline set an Arizona state record at all levels in the 800, placing second at 1:51.33 in one of the closest races of the night. Kline was 0.14 seconds off the pace; the top four finished within 0.56 seconds of one another.

The boys' 4-by-110-meter shuttle hurdle invitational relay team was third (61.74), the 4-by-400 invitational team finished fourth (3:16.04), and Allante Battle placed fifth in the 400 invitational (49.08).

On the girls side, Shalyah Simpson took second in the invitational pole vault (11-7) and Alex Weatherly was ninth (11-1).

The two schools will meet this Wednesday for their annual dual meet at Desert Vista. The meet begins at 3:45 p.m.