Topnotch Hurdler Leads Longhorns' Track Effort


As a relative unknown sophomore last season, Chris Donaldson surprised almost everyone with his success in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

This year, the Payson High School junior now known as one of the best all-around athletes in the 3A conference is much more recognized.

His glowing status was enhanced even further April 3 at the Globe Tiger Invitational where he won both the 110- (15:39) and 300-meter (42.81) hurdles.

When not hurdling, Donaldson anchored the 4x400 relay team to a third-place finish (3:41.1).

On the relay team with Donaldson were Joe Behrens, Martin Garcia and Jake Swartwood.

The efforts of Donaldson and other gold-medal winners fueled the Horns to a runner-up finish behind meet champion and host Globe.

Payson's tally of 130 points was just three off the Tiger tally. Wilcox (62) was third and Coolidge (40) fourth.

Gold medalists

Payson's other gold medals were won by Alex Cassuto (pole vault; 12 feet, 6 inches), Lucas Schmidt (discus; 136 feet, 1 inch) and the 4x800 relay team of Dustin Rogers, Brian Langeliers, Garcia and Behrens (9:00.16).

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