Arizona state meet halted by T-storm

The Arizona Interscholastic Association pulled the plug on the Division I and II track and field championships at Mesa Community College on Wednesday when a thunderstorm rolled in and forced athletes, officials and spectators to leave the stadium because of lightning.

The delay came about an hour into a session that likely would have taken about six hours to complete.

Thursday is a day off in the meet schedule, so the competition that was delayed Wednesday will be layered into Friday's program. The state championships for all four of Arizona's divisions conclude on Saturday.

For some athletes, the new compressed schedule will cause a new challenge. Athletes doubling in the distance events will go on back to back days rather than have two days' rest.

It's been an eventful year in Arizona, where juniors Devon Allen of Brophy Prep (Phoenix) and Bernie Montoya of Cibola (Yuma) have emerged as two of the best athletes in the Class of 2013.

Phoenix's newspaper, the Arizona Republic, has followed several high school track and field stories this week:

Glendale Independence missed sending its 22-member squad to state because the coach missed an entry deadline established by the AIA by 15 minutes. Columnist Scott Bordow says blame rests with the coach.

In addition to the Glendale story, Richard Obert also filed this piece on Devon Allen.