The Longhorn track and field teams found life doubly tough in the 4A conference championship finals.
At the state meet held May 13 to 15 at Mesa Community College, the boys team finished a distant 30th among the 42 teams that scored.
The Lady Horns were not among the 35 teams to score points in the championships. The girls championship was won by Flagstaff High School. The Eagles scored 58 points to easily outdistance runner-up Shadow Mountain (39.5), Centennial claimed the boys championship with 67 points. Flagstaff Coconino (38) was second.
For Payson, the 4x800 relay team of Tanner Morgan, Brian Langeliers, Dustin Rodgers and Joe Behrens ran its way to a fourth place finish. The foursome toured the course in 8:06.21. The victorious Shadow Mountain squad was timed in a sizzling 7:58.53.
In the shot put, senior Mike Barr turned in a personal record 49 feet, 7 inches to finish sixth. Joe Sanchez of Catalina Foothills won the event with a heave of 54 feet, 8 inches.
Barr finished 12th in the discus unleashing a throw of 131 feet, 6 inches. Barr entered the state meet as the Grand Canyon regional champion in both events. Also in the discus competition, Wellington Cassuto was ninth with a throw of 135 feet.
Payson's region champion 4x400 meter team of Behrens, Langeliers, Rodgers and Luke Apfel finished ninth (3:27) at state.
Tyler Danielson long jumped 20 feet 3 inches to finish 11th.
For the Lady Horns, sophomores Kendra Francis and Tracy Fitzpatrick placed in the triple jump. Francis was 16th (30 feet, 9 1/4 inches) and Fitzpatrick leaped to 23rd (30 feet, 1 3/4 inches).
Senior Hillari Hardt threw 98 feet 2 inches in the discus to garner 12th place laurels. In the shot put, she finished 22nd with a toss of 29 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Britney Owens took 11th in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 2 1/4 inches.
The state meet wrapped up the 2004 campaign for both track and field teams.
In Payson High's first year in the 4A conference, the boys team won the Grand Canyon title producing three individual regional champions and a top rated relay team. Also, coach Chuck Hardt was named the GC's "Coach of the Year."