Carlan Pontious sped his way to two gold medals, a silver medal and most valuable runner honors at the Veterans Memorial Track and Field Invitational.
During the fray held April 1 on the campus of Fountain Hills Junior High School, the PHS junior won both 1600 and 3200 meter runs. In the 800, he was second.
His 1600 clocking of 4:42.16 also earned him an outside qualifying berth into the Class 3A state championships to be held May 12 and 13 at Mesa High School. The qualifying standard for the state seed is 4:44.46.
Pontious' Fountain Hills time, however, wasn't a season record for the runner. At the Chandler Invitational in March, he ran 4:37.92.
The hard-charging Pontious, also a star on the PHS cross country team, won the 3200 meters in 10:17.77. The time is just seconds off the state qualifying mark of 10:09.22.
In winning the MVR award at the Veterans Memorial clash, Pontious edged out teammate Todd Kreimeyer who was also a dual gold medal winner.
The speedster won the 100 meters in 11:52 and the 200 meters in 23:27.
Both times eclipsed state qualifying standards of 11:59 and 23:48.
In addition to the golds, Kreimeyer anchored the 4x100 relay team of Brandon Echols, Joe Blackburn and Nate Doyle to a second place showing.
The four first place finishes turned in by Pontious and Kreimeyer were the only golds garnered by the Longhorn track teams but generated enough points to lift the boys to the meet title.
The Horns finished with a tally of 117.5. Trailing in the team standings were Seton Catholic (83), Valley Christian (79) and Sedona (74).
The Lady Longhorns finished sixth overall with 44.75 points. By posting 105.97, Valley Christian easily won the invitational championship.
The best individual finish for the girls was turned in by freshman Jenna Robertson who was third in the high jump.
For the boys, Brandon Echols was a silver medal winner in the 400 meters and Brian Schwind leaped to a bronze in the long jump.