Unscheduled Track Meet Brings Win For Boys

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Although Longhorn schedules indicated the track teams were to be competing April 13 in Queen Creek, the Horns actually traveled a day earlier to a four-way meet in Fountain Hills.

"Queen Creek wouldn't let us in, so we had to change," coach Chuck Hardt said.

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PHS team member David Hoff musters the strength and determination required to compete in the shot put.

The meet change was logistically tough on the coaches and athletes, but it did yield a meet victory for the boys' team.

In the clash, the boys earned six gold medals and posted a meet high of 88 points. Trailing were Fountain Hills (75), Chino Valley (59) and Wickenburg (23).

The Lady Horns didn't fare as well as their male counterparts, stumbling to a meet low if 36 points. With 83 points, Fountain Hills emerged as meet champ.

For the boys' team, Brian Schwind won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 11.5 inches and finished second in the high jump -- an event in which he is the defending state champ. His leap of 6 feet. was well short of his 6 feet, 4 inch personal record.

In the triple jump, Joe Blackburn's effort of 38 feet earned him a gold medal.

Carlan Pontious earned two medals for his letterman's jacket when he won the 1600 and 3200 meters. In the 1600, he was clocked in 4:44. His 3200 winning time was 10:30.

Speedster Todd Kreimeyer won the 100 meters in 11.2 and Carlos Lopez claimed the 800 title in 2:12.

David Cluff ran his way to a pair of runner up finishes in the 1600 and 3200 meters. In the 1600, he was just one second behind Pontious and in the 3200 just .9 second off the winning pace.

For the Lady Horns, only Kayla O'Donnell took first place. Her gold came in the shot put after she uncorked a throw of 31 feet, 9 inches.

Amy Buckner garnered a silver medal in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.5.

A trio of Lady Horns, Sierra Sommars, Janet Echols and Nikki DeWees, earned third place points for the team.

Sommars was a bronze medalist in the discus (97.5 feet), Echols in the 400 meters (1:05.46) and DeWees in the 300 hurdles.

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