Martinez Sets National Record


With a phenomenal leap of 39 feet, 6 inches, Lady Longhorn track star Rheanna Martinez stamped herself one of the top-10 high school triple jumpers in the United States.

PHS coach Dan Reid, who tutors Martinez, said the mark is the 10th best in the nation this year according to records compiled by US Track and Field magazine.

In addition to being a national-class leap, the distance is a Payson High School record, breaking the old mark by almost two feet.

Martinez chalked up the record April 20 in a Payson-hosted three-way meet involving Mogollon and Flagstaff Coconino.

The triple jump came as a surprise to most everyone, including members of the Lady Horn coaching staff.

Pete Greer, who coaches the discus and shot-put, said immediately after the jump he saw Martinez walking near the track and said, "They keep saying over the PA system you went over 39 feet ... could that be true?"

With a smile, Martinez looked at Greer and replied, "I did."

Setting a new triple standard wasn't the extent of the high flyin' junior's record-breaking accomplishments. She also won the long jump in a school record distance of 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

In the 100 and 200 meters, she didn't set any standards but won both events in times of 12.59 and 27.28.

With four gold medals, a pair of school records and a national-class triple jump mark, Martinez turned in a day she's not likely to soon forget.

Other results

Shot-put - 1st: Jocie Gressley, 32-5-1/4; 2nd: Kaitlin Wilkins, 31-4-1/2; 3rd: Sarah Hummer, 29; 4th: Mindy Dorris, 28-9

Discus - 1st: Sundae Shill, 102; 2nd: Kaitlin Wilkins, 101-1; 3rd: Sarah Hummer, 97-10; 4th: Megan Disbrow, 86-11

Triple jump - 3rd: Michelle Closs, 30-3-1/2

Pole vault - 1st: Amy Davis, 7-6; 2nd: Michelle Closs, 6-6

100/110 Hurdles - 4th: Samantha Ellsworth, 17.9

1600 - 2nd: Shaina Vaught, 6:10.06; 3rd: Lily Florez, 6:28.34; 4th: Ashli Herrera, 6:28.49

300 Hurdles - 2nd: Samantha Ellsworth, 50.07; 4th: Shalynn McGee, 52.73

800 - 1st: Lily Flores, 2:50.53; 2nd: Mary Mendoza, 2:53.86; 3rd: Ashli Herrera, 2:53.95

High jump - 3rd: Glori Olsson, 4-6

3200 - 3rd: Lily FLores, 13:37.5

4x800 - 1st: Shaina Vaught, Amy Davis, Michelle Closs, Leighanne Haynes, 10:39

4x100 - 2nd: Brianna Marshall, Samantha Ellsworth, Katie Langeliers, Shalynn McGee, 55.81

4x400 - 1st: Samanatha Ellsworth, Katie Langeliers, Leighanne Haynes, Brianna Marshall, 4:22

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