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Salt River Eagles Impressive at Track and Field State Championships

The Salt River High School Track and Field team. (L-R) (back) Sebastian Reyes-Carmelo, April Wahpeta, Kiona Sumral, Jacob Schurz, Sabin Miguel, Joaquin Suniga and Ki-ana Loring. (L-R) (front) Denton Miguel, Brandon Ventour and coach Katy Wilson.
Photos submitted by Salt River Schools.

Led by senior Brandon Ventour, the Salt River Eagles track and field program earned its first-ever track and field titles during Canyon Athletic Association’s (CAA) Division I state championships last month.

Eagle athletes combined to earn 12 individual medals in the Chandler event, held May 12-13. The team, led by first-year coach Katy Wilson, qualified 16 athletes for the finals.

Ventour placed first and set three CAA state records in the triple jump, high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash. Junior April Wahpeta won the gold medal in the shot put and placed second in the discus, while sophomore Jacob Schurz captured the discus gold medal and took third place in the long jump.

SRHS Junior April Wahpeta (center) shows off her gold medal in the shot put.
Freshman Joaquin Suniga won the 300-meter hurdles and placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Sabin Miguel placed second in the 3,200 meters and second in the 1,600 meters.

Ventour’s record-setting performance helped him secure a track and field scholarship to Central Arizona College in Coolidge. He helped the Salt River boys team to a second-place finish in 16 events scored.

Brandon Ventour (center) set three CAA state records in the state championships.
“The kids proved to themselves that they had it in them to do it,” Wilson said in a statement. “That was the most meaningful part of the experience.”

For complete CAA state championship results, visit