Schmidt And Whetten: The Horns' Top Guns


Payson High School's Lucas Schmidt and Blake Whetten might just be two of the most accomplished track and field athletes in the 3A conference.

Competing April 10 at a three-way meet in Globe, Schmidt got off a discus throw of 159 feet 7 inches that is the longest of the 2002 season.

In the high jump, Whetten set a 3A best mark of 6 feet 4 inches.

As the 3A's top-ranked athletes in their events, the Longhorn duo is now favored to claim individual state titles when the championships are held May 10 and 11 at Mesa Mountain View.

In addition to Schmidt's and Whetten's performances, the Horns picked up a trio of other gold medals at Globe. Those were earned by Mike Orosco (pole vault, 9 feet 6 inches), Andy Sargent (long jump, 18 feet 5 1/2 inches) and Chris Donaldson (100 hurdles, 15.78).

Only three days after the Globe meet, the Horns traveled to Lakeside where they participated in the 11-team Blue Ridge Invitational.

There, Schmidt and Whetten couldn't repeat the wins chalked up at the Tiger showdown.

Throwing the discus 134 feet 11 inches, Schmidt had to settle for third place behind team member Rick Corso who was first with a toss of 139 feet 6 inches. In the high jump, Whetten was second with a leap of 6 feet 2 inches.

As a team, the Longhorns (118) finished fourth behind Snowflake (163), Blue Ridge (164) and meet champion St. Johns (186).

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