The Longhorn cross country team ran to its first victory of the campaign winning the six-team Queen Creek Invitational.
To win the crown, the Horns recorded a meet low of 45 points to edge past runner-up Globe (59) and bronze medalist Valley Christian (70).
Following the win, Longhorn runners returned to the Rim country with two trophies, four top-10 T-shirts and nine medals.
As sophomore Carlan Pontious has done all season, he carried the Longhorn banner finishing second overall in a time of 16:06.
David Cluff continued his rapid late season improvement taking fifth in 16:27.
Also representing the Horns were Carlos Lopez (10th; 16:58), Lance Chabot (11th; 16:59). Erik Monty (17th; 17:41), Josh Lymer (32nd; 19:01) and Jonny Malloy (38th; 19:43).
In the junior varsity competition, Payson (80) was third behind Santa Cruz (65) and meet champ Valley Christian (25).
Longhorn jayvees competing included Martin Dorris (8th; 19:07), Eric Lammers (10th; 19:11), Issac Cluff (18th; 20:52), Casey Randel (25th; 21:33), Dillon Hedgepath (27th; 22:05) and Ollie Lewinson (28th; 22:19).
The varsity team will spend this week training for the regional championships which are Oct. 30 in Page. There, the homestanding and defending state champion Dust Devils are huge favorites to repeat as title holders.
The championships will also mark a reunion of sorts for Pontious, Lopez and Page star Levi Lomeland. In early August, the trio locked horns at the Monsoon 5K run in Green Valley Park. In the race, Lomeland won easily in 16:38, Lopez was second and Pontious trailed mostly because he was adjusting to the Rim country elevation.