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Yuma High and Cibola Unified Track teams take part in first-ever state meet

Student-athletes from Yuma High School and Cibola High School were a piece of history on Friday, May 3, 2019. 

The schools represented Yuma Union High School District as part of the first-ever Arizona Interscholastic Association Unified State Track & Field Championships at Mesa Community College. Overall, 14 teams from across the state participated.

"The state track meet was an amazing experience for both our athletes and coaches to be a part of,” YHS Unified Track Coach Liz Huyck said. “Yuma and Cibola made history today. They were the first ever Unified teams to compete at the State Track and Field meet. I couldn't be more proud of our athletes they competed with class and left it all on the track."

Unified Team Track and Field is an AIA-sanctioned sport, which combines students with intellectual disabilities (Unified Athletes) and students without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) as high school athletes, teammates, and training partners. The teams, competing in events such as the 4x100m relay, turbo javelin, long jump and shot put, qualified for the state event at the first-ever YUHSD Unified Track Meet last month.

Here is a list of state meet participants from YUHSD:


Edgar Higuera, Esmeralda Jasso Zamora, Jenesys Juarez, Ariana Luera, Jocelyne Cardenas, and Isaac Cota Angulo.


Jorge Osuna, Blakley Willis, Catherine Gann, Ricardo Padilla, Ricardo Sanchez, Jose Martinez, Tyler Hamilton and Briza Sanchez.

Note: Jaime Lopez, from Yuma, missed the state meet, but was a member of the team for the entire season.

CHS unified team

 YHS unified team

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