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After a record-breaking track and field season, Jaide Stepter became the first-ever track athlete from Canyon Del Oro High School to be named Gatorade’s Arizona Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Setting records and winning medals became common for Jaide Stepter, who was recently named Arizona’s top track athlete for 2012.
Jaide Stepter saved her best for last.
CDO’s Jaide Stepter blazes past the competitors breaking her recent state record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.01 seconds.
Jaide Stepter waves to her cheering fans on the podium at the Arizona State Track Meet.
Canyon Del Oro's Jaide Stepter broke a national record in the 300-meter hurdles during the Division II State Championships on Saturday.
More than 3,000 track and field athletes from 105 schools gathered to compete in Arizona’s largest annual track meet at the 72nd Chandler Invitational on March 23-24.
CDO’s Jaide Stepter stands proud on top of the podium in Chandler.
Canyon Del Oro’s Jaide Stepter, number 12, and Brittany Jones, number 14, attempt to block a shot over the net by Ironwood Ridge.
For the past 13 years, Olympian LaTanya Sheffield has been helping turn students into athletes with her organization, Pops Track Club. The culmination of her effort took place last month, when four of her athletes competed in the USA Track and Field Junior National Olympic Championships in Wichita, Kansas.
Four members of Pops Track Club in Oro Valley competed last month in the USA Track and Field Junior National Olympic Championships in Wichita, Kansas. They are, from left, Alyssa Thompson, Brittany Jones, Paelata Helu and Jaide Stepter.
The Canyon Del Oro High School track teams ended their 2011 season on a good note, with the girls taking the state championship, and the boys taking second place.
CDO junior Jaide Stepter scored in 12 of 17 events, winning state titles in three: 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash.
Three track stars at Canyon Del Oro High School performed well at the national level, yet they considered the experience at the Arcadia Invitational, in Los Angeles, a humbling one.
Canyon Del Oro junior Jaide Stepter competed in the 100-meter hurdles in a track meet earlier this month. Stepter is currently ranked first in all state divisions in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the state, and first in Division II for the 100-meter hurdles.
Daniel Wong, left, Jaide Stepter and Lezo Urreiztieta have emerged as top performers on the Canyon Del Oro High School track team. After competing at the national level, the three now have set their sights on a state title.
The Ironwood Ridge 5A-II track and field season ended with another state championship for the girls. The boys finished in third place when a fall in the last race cost a title.