Whetten, Cassuto Lead Horns To State

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Although the Longhorn boys track and field team didn't qualify enough athletes at the East championships to be a state title threat, Payson will take several standouts to the 3A finals.

Among those who will be on hand when the state meet opens today (Friday) at Mesa Mountain View are high jumper Blake Whetten and pole vaulter Alex Cassuto. Both qualified for the state showdown by winning their events at the East championships May 3 and 4 in Lakeside.

Cassuto won the vault with an effort of 13 feet 6 inches. Whetten claimed the high jump title by clearing 6 feet 6 inches.

As a team, the Longhorns (126 1/2 points) finished third in the East standings behind runner-up Blue Ridge (139) and East champ Snowflake (171 1/2).

Joining Whetten and Cassuto at state will be the athletes who finished in the top four at the East finals.

Following a noon start today, state track and field action continues Saturday before wrapping up in the late evening hours with finals in all running events.

Boys 3A East Region Individual Track and Field Results

Shot-Put

Lucas Schmidt 3rd 44-7

Discus

Ricky Corso 2nd 138-3

Long Jump

Andy Sargent 5th 18-81/4

High Jump

Blake Whetten 1st 6-6

Chris Donaldson 4th 6-0

Nicky Cassuto 5th 5-10

Jake Swartwood 6th 5-10

Pole Vault

Alex Cassuto 1st 13-6

Matt McCarty 5th 11-6

Mike Orozco 7th 11-0

3200 Meters

Dustin Rodgers 4th 11:10.62

Joe Behrens 5th 11:20.46

Martin Garcia 7th 11:43.02

Brian Langeliers 8th 11:43.15

4x800 Relay

Martin Garcia, Brian Langeliers, Joe Behrens, Dustin Rodgers 3rd 8:52.97

100M High Hurdles

Chris Donaldson 5th 15.95

Jake Swartwood 7th 16.31

100 Meters

Andy Sargent 6th 12.01

1600 Meters

Dustin Rodgers 3rd 4:55.92

Joe Behrens 4th 4:59.83

Brian Langeliers 8th 5:13.47

4x100 Relay

Blake Whetten, Danny Malloy, Mike Orozco, Andy Sargent 3rd 46.60

300M Int. Hurdles

Chris Donaldson 2nd 41.95

Jake Swartwood 6th 43.92

800 Meters

Joe Behrens 2nd 2:06.50

Martin Garcia 8th 2:11.17

4x400 Relay

Chris Donaldson, Jake Swartwood, Danny Malloy, Mike Orozco 4th 3:42.05

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