Cluff Takes Gold At Gc Games

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Searing desert heat and three long-distance events in the course of less than three hours didn't slow the Grand Canyon Games efforts of Lana Cluff.

The determined teen, who will be a sophomore at Payson High School this year, shrugged off all obstacles to win three gold medals in GCSG track and field competition.

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Lana Cluff, a Lady Longhorn track and field star during the school year, ran her way to three gold medals at the Grand Canyon State Games at Mesa Community College.

Participating in the intermediate girls class (15-16-years old) at Mesa Community College, Cluff won the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.

According to Lady Longhorn track coach Chuck Yale, who was at the games with Cluff, the 800 meter time of 2 minutes and 49.1 seconds was a bit slower than she is capable of.

"I told her to take it easy because she had three events so close together," Yale said.

Her 1,500-meter clocking of 5:48.3 and 3,000-meter time of 12:52.6 were "a little bit faster than what we were expecting in those (hot) conditions," Yale said.

Last year, Cluff was a starring member of both the PHS cross country and track and field teams.

In the spring, she ran the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and was sometimes a member of the Lady Horn 4x800 relay team.

With an added year of experience and maturity, PHS coaches are anticipating Cluff will be even more competitive in prep competition.

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