Tracksters Host Coed Carnival

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Payson High School runners, jumpers and throwers took five silver medals and five bronze medals in the Coed Relay Carnival, an unscored, mixed track meet on Longhorn Field Wednesday.

This is the second year the Longhorns have hosted the Coed Relay Carnival.

"It breaks up the routine and it's a good opportunity to have kids try other events they haven't tried before," said coach Chuck Yale.

Athletes from six different schools slathered on sunscreen throughout the day to protect their skin from the blazing sun during the meet's 18 track and field events.

"I think our kids did reasonably well," Yale said. "We found some people in some other events who surprised us. I'm sure they will see more action in other areas."

Shot-putters Courtnay Ferkol, a sophomore, and senior, Sierra Summers, competed in the high jump for the first time.

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David Cluff sprints off toward a second-place finish in the distance medley relay Wednesday during a coed track meet on Longhorn Field.

Their commendable performances in the event earned the Longhorn foursome, including Robert Walker and Brian Schwind, second place with a combined height of 18 feet 10 inches.

The Longhorns' 4x1,600 relay team, Lana Cluff, Carlan Pontious, Alesha Huddlestun and David Cluff took second place by a slim margin.

"They got beat by two seconds by Blue Ridge," Yale said. "They had a very good race."

Mingus barely hung onto their victory in the triple jump relay against Tracy Fitzpatrick, Erik Monte, Amy Buckner and Schwind.

Lana Cluff, Kevin Murphy, Alesha Huddlestun and David Cluff snagged the silver in the distance medley relay with a time of 13:01 minutes.

The Longhorns 4x100 relay team of Amy Buckner, Troy Brown, Kim Watson and Brenden Echols took the silver with a time of 49:60 seconds.

"We had fun," said Yale. "I think we'll do it again next year."

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