Payson Takes Second, Third At Globe Meet

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Battling a field of six 2A and 3A foes at the Globe Tiger Invitational, the Longhorn track and field teams earned silver and bronze medal honors.

During the March 20 meet at Globe High School, the Lady Horns chalked up 146 points to finish as runner-up behind host Globe (179).

With 102 points, the boys trailed champion Globe (137) and silver medalist Thatcher (104).

Five gold medals highlighted the Lady Horns' competition.

Sophomore Whitney Hardt got the ladies off to a jump start by winning the 400 meters in 60.7.

Normally an 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter event participant, Hardt was competing in a shorter distance sprint as part of her training regimen.

Autumn Herrera replaced Hardt in the 800 meters and ran away with gold medal honors (2:41.48).

Payson's final individual first-place finisher, Amy Davis, won the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet.

The 4x100 relay team of Haylee Huff, Davis, Britney Owens and Michelle Class captured the event title in 54.24.

Huff, Davis and Michelle Closs then hooked up with Rachelle McGee to win the 4x400 championship.

Second-place finishers included Lily Flores (1600, 6:12.67; and 800, 2:50.7), Huff (100, 13:69; and high jump, 4 feet 6 inches), Hillari Hardt (shot-put, 31 feet 5 1/2 inches; and discus, 88 feet 2 inches) and Leighann Haynes (400, 1:03.68).

Boys nail down three golds

For the boys team, rapidly improving Lucas Schmidt threw his way to a first-place finish in the discus (122 feet 5 inches) and a second in the shot-put (43 feet 11 inches),

Pole vaulter Alex Cassuto turned in an effort of 12 feet 6 inches that proved to be best of the meet.

In the high jump, Blake Whetten who soared over 6 feet 6 inches last season won the gold with a leap of 6 feet 2 inches.

Meet runners-up included Rick Corsco (discus, 117 feet 5 inches), Matt McCarty (pole vault, 11 feet 10 inches) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

In the 4x100, Whetten, Danny Malloy, Mike Orosco and Josh Sprinkle toured the one-lap course in 47.46.

Joe Behrens, Dustin Rogers, Brian Langeliers and Martin Garcia won the 4x400 (no time available).

For both PHS teams, any future honors they might earn can be found in the White Mountain community of Lakeside where Blue Ridge High School is located. April 5, the Horns are slated to participate in a four-way meet there.

The Horns return to Lakeside April 12 for the 11-team Blue Ridge Invitational.

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