It doesn't get much closer than that.
At the Payson Invitational cross country meet Sept. 6 at Payson Golf Course, the Longhorn boys and Mingus boys battled to a 37-37 tie. But because Payson's sixth runner, Martin Garcia, beat Mingus' sixth runner, Greg Barnett, the meet title was awarded to the Longhorns.
In the 60-runner field, Garcia finished 16th (20:44) and Barnett was 19th (20:52).
Also participating along with the Horns and Marauders, were Show Low (103), Blue Ridge (117), Fountain Hills (117), Scottsdale Christian (117) and Higley (201).
Scottsdale Christian finished low in the standings, but did produce the individual winner, Erin Dall (17:28).
Payson's best effort was turned in by fourth-place finisher Cole Newbold (19:22). A senior, Newbold is a veteran of last year's team that failed to qualify for state.
Hot on Newbold's heels was Horn Daniel Jacobs in sixth place (19:36).
Other top-10 finishers who helped produce the meet championship were sophomores Joe Berhens (8th, 19:39), Brian Langeliers (9th, 19:40) and Dustin Rogers (10th, 19:50).
Trailing Garcia to the finish line were Danny Malloy (18th, 20:51), Josh Dahm (24th, 21:25), Josh Sprinkle (37th, 23:03) and Jon Millard (40th, 23:35).
Next on the agenda is the Four Corners Invitational to be contested tomorrow (Saturday) at Flagstaff High School.
Hometown fans will have the opportunity to see the team in action at the annual Sludge to the Judge meet to be held Sept. 28 as part of PHS homecoming festivities. The run traditionally precedes the homecoming parade down Main Street.