Morenci "Flying Wildcat" Track & Field

Coaches & Assistants

Kenneth Lester

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
Patrick Hepper and Rigo Padilla


State Champs since 2010
2010-Rey Holguin 200m.
2012-4X400 Relay, boys (Jeremy Sandoval, Michael Siqueiros, KJ Burkett, Daniom Tecle)
2013-4x400 Relay, boys (Robert Graggs, KJ Burkett, Michael Siqueiros, Daniom Tecle)
2013-Daniom Tecle, 800m
2017-Alex Chee, Javelin (Trial)
Runners Up-Since 2010
2010- Rey Holguin 100m.
2013- Daniom Tecle 400m.
2013-Girls 4x400m  
2013-Boys Track Team

Morenci Track and Field

In the 1980’s and 1990’s Morenci High School consistently produced squads that competed at the highest levels and produced many state championships. These programs lead by Coaches Jack Edens and David Woodall produced many collegiate athletes as well as teams that brought home the state title on a consistent basis. Moreover this programs success during that time span lead to their being named one of Arizona’s top 25 Track & Field programs ever regardless of classification, by the Arizona Republic. Two standout runners from this era were Ted Holt (4x state champion in the Mile, scholarship to NMSU Track, Cross Country) and Hector Salazar (4x state champion in the Mile, scholarship for Track to the University of Florida).

In 2013, fourth year Coach Ken Lester had a squad of experienced runners who made a real difference. This squads highlights were breaking the school 4x400m relay record, then breaking their own record on three more occasions. This squad won the 4x400 at the Willie Williams (held at UofA) besting large classification schools from El Paso, Tucson and Phoenix. Later, at the 95 team Sun Angel relays at ASU the 4x4 squad placed third to powerhouses Mountain Pointe and Gilbert Highland and besting Track Giants Chandler and Chandler Hamilton. Morenci also put Daniom Tecle in the finals (400m), the only 2A School to have athletes compete in the finals. Daniom Tecle also won State placing 1st in the 800m and 2nd in the 400m. The Boys team was runner-up that year missing a state championship by 6 points to Arizona Lutheran, and setting the school record one last time at the 2013 Brophy Meet of Champions with a 3:23.94 and a second place finish.