Record Book Features Longhorn Exploits


Mark Hochstettler, Todd Reid, Darren Reid, Reanna Martinez, Nicole Engstrom, Bo Althoff and Cori Winchester.

These are just some of the outstanding Rim country athletes featured in longtime Arizona prep sports guru Barry Sollenberger's new book, "Arizona High School Track and Field Record Book."

Released only weeks ago, the newest edition of the record book is the first to feature girls.

In the book, Sollenberger highlights what he calls the "Golden Girls of Track" which included the years 1965 to 1974.

Although Arizona High Schools produced a host of talented athletes in those years, the AIA did not sponsor a state meet for girls.

In Sollenberger's record book, which will be sold for $5 at major track events this season, he chronicles the exploits of the athletes of those early years.

Also in the book are state top-10 marks in all track and field events set by Arizona athletes including several former Payson High School standouts.

Also holding down a slot in the record book is former Payson Ranger District Ranger Steve Gunzel. In 1968, he was a standout athlete at Tucson Palo Verde High School where he unleashed a discus throw of 179 feet, 2 inches that remains one of Arizona's top-20 marks.

After spending several years in Payson, Gunzel was transferred by the U.S. Forest Service to Sierra Vista.

Martinez, a 2001 PHS graduate, is listed as posting the third best triple jump (39 feet, 6 inches) in state history.

Only Westview Krissy Dubose (39 feet, 10 1/2 inches) and Marana Mountain View's Takisha Morgan (39 feet, 9 inches) leaped further.

After graduating last spring, Martinez accepted a scholarship to Arizona State University.

Although Cori Winchester had a brief one-year career for the Lady Longhorns (1996) she was able to record a 41 foot, 4 inch effort in the shot-put that still ranks among the state's best. Former PHS throws coach Dan Sweitzer remembers her uncorking an even longer throw, but it's not listed in the record book.

The state record of 47 feet, 5 inches was set by Chandler's Cindy Johnson in 1980.

In 1990 and 1991, former Lady Horn Nicole Engstrom set two marks in the discus (136 feet, 7 1/2 inches and 143 feet, 11 inches) that are included in the record book.

After graduating from PHS, she went on to become a captain of the University of Arizona's track team. Once an Olympic hopeful, a shoulder injury shortened her career. Today, she works as a Tucson police officer.

As one of Payson High's most accomplished track and field athletes, Todd Reid's clocking of 37.95 in the 300-meter hurdles is listed among the top 20 ever recorded in the state. Reid set the mark in 1988.

Following his high school graduation, Reid attended California Azusa Pacific for one year but then transferred to Oklahoma Baptist where he became an NAIA All-American.

Reid's younger brother, Darren, is listed twice in the record book.

In 1990, his high jump of 6 feet 10 1/4 inches set a school record that still stands.The mark is also among the state's top 10.

One year after setting that mark, Darren triple jumped a school record 48 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Today, the mark remains the third best leap in state annals.

The younger Reid later joined his older brother at Oklahoma Baptist where he also became an NAIA All-American. During his collegiate career, he set a record in the indoor pentathlon that has to be equalled.

Longhorn fans might remember Mark Hochstettler best as a standout running back for the 1987 and 1988 PHS football teams. But it was track and field that earned him a scholarship to Stanford University.

His 800-meter mark of 1:54.34 set in 1989 is listed as among the state's best.

Like Hochstettler, Bo Althoff was an all-star football player for the Longhorns. But as good as he was on the gridiron, track and field was Althoff's first love.

His vault of 16 feet, 5 3/4 inches in 1992 is the third best mark ever recorded. The state record of 17 feet, 4 1/2 inches was set by Tolleson's Nick Hysong who won the 2000 Olympic gold medal in the vault.

After graduating from PHS, Althoff accepted a track and field scholarship to Arizona State University but later transferred to Northern Arizona University.

For more information on the record book, call Sollenberger at (602) 385-3822.

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