For the Longhorn boys' track team, points at the 61st Annual Chandler Rotary Invitational meet were as rare as a 401(k) doing well on Wall Street.
Battling some of the best teams in the state 3A to 5A the Horns could muster only two points and finished tied for 34th place with Cactus Shadows, Peoria and Sahuaro. More than 50 teams participated in the meet that PHS coach Chuck Hardt called the most outstanding gathering of athletes he has witnessed.
Both of the Longhorn points were generated by senior Sterling White who finished eighth in both the shot put and discus. In the discus, White threw 140 feet, 3 inches. A heave of 49 feet, 4 inches earned him honors in the shot-put.
Mesa's Josh Ross won the shot-put with a toss of 56 feet, 2 inches. Discus honors were garnered by Mountain Pointe's Chris Duncan (168 feet, 1 inch).
Also competing in the throws events was a young man very familiar to Rim country sports fans.
Taylor Walden, who attended grade and middle school in Payson before moving to Tolleson, finished 16th in the shot put with a heave of 45 feet 5 inches. A former member of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team, Walden now competes for Tolleson High School.