High-Flying Freshman Vaults To Meet Record

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Freshman Nick Goodman pole-vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches to tie the Payson Rotarian Invitational Track and Field record.

The record was set in 2003 by Robert Hauser of Mingus and tied in 2004 by Sunrise Mountain's Ryan Keisberg.

Bo Althoff, who now coaches Goodman at Payson High, set the freshman school record of 11feet in 1987.

In addition to Goodman's record-tying vault, the Horns received gold medal efforts from three other underclassmen at the April 22 meet held on Longhorn field.

Sophomore Robert Walker won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. Freshman Kayla O'Donnel was Payson's only twin medal winner finishing, taking first in both the shot put and the discus.

In the shot, she threw 33 feet, 3 inches and in the discus turned in an effort of 82 feet, 6.5 inches.

Jenna Robertson, the younger sister of former Lady Longhorn track and field star Stephanie Robertson, ran to first in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.24.

Her time was just off the meet record of 17.19 set by Tolleson's Alaska Williams in 2004.

Robertson, showing signs of the same all around ability her older sister showcased at PHS, was second in the long jump.

Other second place finishers for Payson included Troy Brown (sophomore high jump), Kristin Martin (freshman discus) and Issac Cluff (sophomore pole vault).

Freshman Bryan Burke was third in the sophomore shot put and Nikki DeWees the bronze medalist in the sophomore long jump.

More than 750 athletes from 20 schools participated in the meet.

The meet format is unique in that it allows athletes the opportunity to see how they fare when pitted against opponents of the same age and experience.

In most events, freshmen battled other freshmen and sophomores challenged sophomores.

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