An ambitious track and field schedule that featured seven meets on the new Payson High School all-weather track wrapped up April 29 with a three-way clash involving Flagstaff, Mogollon and the Longhorns.
In the boys competition, Payson and Flagstaff tied for the meet title with 80 points each. A depleted Mogollon team scored just two points, which came when a Mustang hurdler finished third in the 300-meter event. For the girls, Flagstaff easily ran away with the crown racking up 103 points. Payson trailed with 51 points. Mogollon did not score.
For the Longhorns, senior Lucas Schmidt threw his way to a pair of first-place finishes in the shot put (42 feet, 1 inch) and the discus (145 feet, 6 inches). Chris Donaldson also copped two gold medals winning the 100-meter hurdles (15.4) and 300-meter hurdles (41.4).
The Lady Longhorn effort was led by first-place finishers Shay McGee (100 hurdles; 16.9), Becca Easton (800 meters; 2:47) and Brittany Owens (long jump; 15 feet, 1 1/2 inches).
Both PHS teams return to action May 9 and 10 at the East regional meet on the campus of Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside. The top four finishers in each event, along with outside qualifiers, earn the right to participate in the Class 3A state championship May 16 and 17 at Queen Creek High School.
In prep track and field circles, the boys team is considered one of the favorites to reap regional and state honors.
The girls' team, which was depleted by losses to graduation last spring, has several individuals who could score team points at state.