With the East regional championships just over the horizon -- May 4 and 6 in Lakeside -- the Longhorn boys' track and field team is showcasing a trio of prime-time performers who could emerge from the fray as gold-medal winners.
Payson's Sterling White, David Shaw and Jeremy Lee prepared for the upcoming regional finals by flexing their collective speed and muscle in a three-way meet held April 20 in PHS stadium.
Battling against athletes representing Class 4A Flagstaff Coconino and 2A Heber Mogollon, all three captured first-place honors.
Inching ever closer toward the magical 50-foot mark, White won the shot-put with a heave of 48 feet, 8 1/4 inches. He also captured the discus title, uncorking a throw of 126 feet, 9 inches.
Shaw, the school record-holder in the 100-meter sprint, won his specialty in 11.49.
In the 1,600 meters, Lee turned in a gold-medal clocking of 4:51.79.
With a single meet remaining on the regular schedule -- today (Friday) at the Winslow Invitational -- the athletes have just one more opportunity to prepare for the all important regionals.
The top four finishers in the individual competitions in Lakeside, as well as any outside qualifiers who meet minimum standards, earn berths to the state championship May 12 and 13 in Chandler.
Shot-put - 3rd, Brandon Johns, 40-4
Discus - 3rd: Everett Lenhart, 101-9; 4th, Jared Wallace, 100-11
Long jump - 4th: Josh Sprinkle, 15
Triple jump - 4th: Josh Sprinkle, 29-11
Pole vault - 2nd: Alex Cassato, 10; 4th: Lucus Schmidt, 8-6
100/110 Hurdles - 2nd: Meikle Garrett, 17.91
100 - 4th: James Lyons, 11.78
400 - 3rd: Danny Malloy, 57.32
300 Hurdles - 2nd: Meikle Garrett, 44.85
800 - 2nd: Jeremy Lee, 2:10.95
200 - 4th: James Lyons, 24.37
4x100 - 2nd: David Shaw, Andrew Easton, Sterling White, James Lyons, 45.89