A win, is a win, is a win.
That's what the members of the Longhorn track and field team must be telling themselves after beating the Snowflake Lobos by one-half point for the championship of the Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket Invitational.
At the April 17 meet in Lakeside, the Horns racked up 117 points to claim the crown over runner-up Snowflake (116 1/2).
With 81 1/2 points, Show Low was third. St Johns (76) finished fourth in the 12-team field.
The Longhorns were able to muster the hard-earned victory despite earning only two gold medals during the day-long competition. Alex Cassuto finished first in the pole vault by tying his personal record of 14 feet. The 4x800 relay team of Brain Langeliers, Tanner Morgan, Joe Behrens and Dustin Rodgers finished first in 8:52.12.
Morgan ran his way to second place in the 3,200 (10:50.06) and was third in the 1,600 meters (5:02.03).
Rodgers earned a bronze medal in the 800 meters (2:10.18).
Battling flu-like symptoms and windy conditions, senior Chris Donaldson was third in the 300 hurdles (42.16).
Daryl LeSueur ran his way to a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash (24:57) and tied for third in the 200 meters (11:82).
"Both of those races were into the wind," assistant coach Chuck Yale said.
The Lady Horns
Posting 87 points, the Lady Longhorn track and field crew trailed only meet champion Round Valley (170) and runner-up Snowflake (138) in the 11-team invitational field.
The best showing of the day was a second-place finish turned in by the 4x800 team of Alysha Huddleston, Megan Miles, Brianna Quinlan and Autumn Herrera (no time available). Hillari Hardt was third in the discus with a toss of 103 feet, 3 inches.
The younger members of the two PHS teams will be in action tomorrow (Saturday) at the 15-team Payson Freshman/Sophomore Invitational begin at 10 a.m. on the new Longhorn track.
The entire squad returns to competition May 2 at the Morenci Invitational.
The all-important East regional meet is May 9 and 10 at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside.
The state tournament May 16 and 17 will be held for the first time in Queen Creek.