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Track & FieldSince 2011, Track and Field coach Corky Dean has taught his athletes to focus on goals—personal and team-oriented, short-term and long-term—and has strived to create leaders in the community.

“Leadership comes in many forms, and at some point, everyone on a team has their time to shine and show their strengths and styles of leadership,” he says.

Coach Dean believes team success at the high school level isn’t about success in competition but rather is about character development.

“I am not focused solely on performance at the high school level but developing the athlete/individual for success well into adulthood,” he says. "Our comprehensive training program includes form work, general strength and conditioning, yoga and mental skills work (i.e. visualization, relaxation and growth mindset skill building) on top of a rigorous, yet developmentally appropriate training plan."

Coach Dean’s teams have shown where their hard work can lead. In 2018, his runners won state in the the boys 100m and 200m sprints. In 2022, Kent Denver's 4x800m girls relay team took 4th in the state championship meet with a new school record time. Amanda Licht '22 also finished 4th in the discus throw and 2nd in the shot put. Most recently in 2024, Kent Denver track & field athletes earned a combined six top-10 finishes at the state championship meet.

Several Sun Devil track and field athletes have also gone on to find success at the collegiate level in sprints, middle distance and jumping events.