Horns Finish Fourth In 12-Team Field

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By winning the 4x800 relay at the Chino Valley Invitational, the Payson High School foursome of Carlos Lopez, David Cluff, Eric Monty and Carlan Pontious became legitimate region title contenders.

Whether the team can live up to those expectations will be determined May 6 and 7 at the Grand Canyon Regional Championship track and field meet at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

At the April 29 Chino Invitational, the PHS relay crew turned in a winning clocking of 8:32.61 that was more than four seconds faster than their season's best.

The gold medal the four received was the only one the Longhorns captured during the day-long meet.

The win also earned the Longhorns 10 team points and helped lift Payson to a fourth-place finish in the 12-team field.

The Horns' 73 points trailed only Fountain Hills, 82.5, Chino Valley, 83.5 and meet champ Aqua Fria, 98.

Pontious added eight more points to the Longhorn tally by finishing second in the 800-meter run in 2:03.04. The event winner, John Killian of Chino Valley, was timed in 1:59.94.

The Horns also received a boost from the 4x100 relay team of Joe Blackburn, Brandon Echols, Todd Kreimeyer and Kyle Pugel. The four won second place in 45.38 beating their previous best by .71 of a second.

Their time also was just 1.21 second off the winning clocking set by Aqua Fria.

When the Horns travel to regionals this weekend, they will be battling for top-three individual finishes which will earn them berths in the 4A state meet May 12 to 14 at Mesa Community College.

Boys results from Chino Valley

Boys 100-Meter Dash

8 Echols, Brandon 11.71

Boys 200-Meter Dash

7 Echols, Brandon 23.89

Boys 400-Meter Dash

15 Murphy, Kevin 57.88

Boys 800-Meter Run

2 Pontious, Carlan 2:03.04

5 Monty, Eric 2:16.14

Boys 1,600-Meter Run

6 Lopez, Carlos 5:02.44

Boys 3,200-Meter Run

4 Cluff, David 10:42.94

Boys 4x100-Meter Relay

2 PHS ‘A' 45.38

1) Blackburn, Joe

2) Echols, Brandon

3) Kreimeyer, Todd

4) Pugel, Kyle

Boys 4x400-Meter Relay

4 PHS ‘A' 3:42.23

1) Blackburn, Joe

2) Echols, Brandon

3) Kreimeyer, Todd

4) Pugel, Kyle

Boys 4x800 Relay

1 PHS ‘A' 8:32.61

1) Lopez, Carlos

2) Cluff, David

3) Monty, Eric

4) Pontious, Carlan

Boys High Jump

5 Schwind, Brian J5-10.00

10 Pugel, Kyle 5-04.00

Boys Long Jump

5 Schwind, Brian 19.01.00

12 Pugel, Kyle 17-00.00

Boys Triple Jump

3 Schwind, Brian 40-07.50

14 Blackburn, Joe 35-08.50

Boys Shot-Put

4 Cassuto, Wellington 41-08.75

16 Duffy, Pete 36-07.00

Boys Discus Throw

3 Cassuto, Wellington 133-06

16 Hardt, Hunter 105-07

Boys - Team Rankings - 16

Events Scored

4) Payson High School 73

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