A trio of Payson cross country runners sped their way to medal-winning finishes at one of Southern Arizona's most prestigious meets.
Carlan Pontious, Carlos Lopez and Bryson Addington earned the medals for the top-35 showings at the Sue Fletcher Invitational held Sept. 9 in Sierra Vista.
Pontious finished fifth overall in 16:54, Lopez was seventh in 17:02 and Addington took 33rd in 18:15.
The varsity winner, Eric Harasyn of Buena, set a course record of 15:50.
Also representing Payson High in the 68-runner field were Max Siverson (45th; 18:59), Joe Schloessler (56th; 20:05) and Isaac Cluff (57th; 20:15).
As a team, PHS posted 139 points to finish seventh overall.
Buena (46) was first, Marana Mountain View (70) second and Nogales (104) third.
Payson was the only northern Arizona high school entered in the fray.
In junior varsity action, Elden Siverson led the Payson charge with a 23rd place finish among the 51 runners entered. Siverson was clocked in 21:04.
Just 15 seconds behind in 31st place was teammate Steve Hollingsworth.
Jesus Hipolito took 36th in 22:41 and Noah Sweet turned in a 22:49 effort to take 37th. Matt Jones finished in 27:57 and was 49th.
The junior varsity winner, Michael Whitt of Mountain View, was timed in 18:41.
The Lady Horns
With only two varsity and two jayvee runners entered in the Sue Fletcher meet, the Lady Longhorns were not eligible for a team score. However, in the varsity competition Lana Cluff and Alchesay transfer Rhea Cosay both medaled. Cluff finished 10th in 21:19 and Cosay was 14th, 15 seconds off her teammate's pace.
Vivian Reed of Tucson Cienega won the event in 19:02.
In junior varsity action, freshman Lucy Schouten was fifth in 23:55. Marquel Waterman turned in a 25:55 clocking to take 17th.
Next up for both PHS teams is the Four Corners Invitational to be held today, Sept. 15, at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. The run begins at 9:30 a.m.