These are our next four bios on the final 16 boys who made it past round 1. Voting has already begun, so don't forget to cast your vote before the June 12th deadline tonight.
Gut Check Time Bracket
#2 Seed Turner Washington vs. #3 Seed Robert Grant
Turner Washington is the #1 and #2 Discus (227-10.25) and Shot Put (65-1.5) all-time Arizona high school thrower for boys. He graduated from Canyon Del Oro in 2017 and was so dominant in both those events his junior and senior years.
As a senior, Turner won everything but the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships (where he took 2nd overall). He won the Pan-American Junior Athletics Championships, New Balance Nationals Outdoors, Tucson Elite Classic (where he threw his PR of 227-10.25), Arizona Meet of Champions, State, Rotary, and Willie Williams.
In the shot put he fared nearly as well. Winning Willie Williams Invitational, Southern Arizona Championships, Marana Invitational, and taking second both at Rotary and State (where he threw his PR of 65-1.5).
Turner's junior year was definitely a precursor of what we would see in 2017. He placed 2nd in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor and 1st at Rotary in the discus and 3rd at State and 1st at Willie Williams in the shot put.
Robert Grant was a tremendous long sprinter/hurdler for Brophy Prep, where he graduated from in 2014. Rboert has the #1 fastest 400H and 300H time ever in the state of Arizona for high school boys. He also ran the 4th fastest 200M (21.02w) in Arizona history and is a top-10 400M runner in AZ all-time as well as a top-20 110H in AZ all-time.
In his senior year Robert took 1st in the Division 1 State meet in the 200 (21.44) and 300H (36.33) as well as grabbing 3rd in the 110H. He also was on the winning 4x400 team of Brophy, which clocked an impressive 3:20.47 that year.
Outside of Arizona Robert made his name known by taking 3rd in the nation at the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships in the 400H and taking 2nd in the same event at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals earlier that summer. Robert won the 300H at Mt. SAC Relays, Arcadia, and the Great Southwest Class in 2017. He also notched a victory in the 400M (Mt. SAC Relays - 47.50) and took the silver in the Great Southwest Classi in the 200M.
Quite impressively, Robert took 4th in the 400H in 2013 in the IAAF World Youth Championships.
#5 Seed Leo Daschbach vs. #8 Cameron CrandallLeo Daschbach
Leo's been all over the news with his breaking the 4-minute mile a few weeks back at The Quarantine Classico, but technically that time shouldn't factor into this voting because it occurred in 2020 and not withing our 2010-2019 window. Nonetheless, Leo has had an impressive high school career.
As a junior (2019) he won Division 1 State in the 800 (1:54.04), 1600 (4:07.54), and 3200 (9:06.41), as well as being part of the #1 all-time boys' AZ 4x800 team, which ran 7:42.16 at the Division 1 State Meet last year.
Leo has the #1 mile, #4 1600M (4:07.54), #9 800M (1:51.99), and #3 3200M (8:51.09) in Arizona boys' high school history.
To jump over 7-0 feet is no small achievement. Only 5 boys in AZ high school history have ever accomplished this and Cameron Crandall is one of them. He graduated in 2017 from Canyon Del Oro.
Cameron has been superb vertical jumper his entire time in high school. He had a best of 6-8 his freshman year, which he did at the Division 2 State Meet. Before that attempt, Cameron had gotten over 6-6 earlier in the season at Willie Williams Invitational.
His sophomore year, Cameron found another inch and got over 6-9 at the Marana Last Chance Meet, but took 2nd at State and the Meet of Champions with a 6-6 jump at both.
Cameron had his big breakout year though in 2017 where his lowest jump in competition was 6-6 and his best was of course his 7-0 at State. He did get over 6-10 and 6-11 at Southern Arizona Championships and Marana Invitational, respectively. Cameron also never lost in the high jump his senior seasson.