Track Team Burning Up The Competition


The Payson High School track team is teaching the competition, the hard way, that they are a force to be reckoned with.

In the last two meets, the Snowflake coed relays on Tuesday and the Payson coed relays on April 4, the Longhorns proved that they can compete with the elite.


Matt Jones' prowess with the shot put is helping the Longhorn track and field teams be a conference title contender this season.

Especially dominating is the throwers' division, including the shot put and discus, which seems to yield golds almost automatically for the Longhorns.

Results of the Snowflake coed relays

On Tuesday, PHS finished first place overall with 116 points, easily topping a second-place Snowflake team that scored 101 points.

First-place finishes were plentiful for the Longhorns, who captured five in various coed medleys.

In the 800 medley, the team of Katie Hancock, Maddie Nossek, Nate Doyle and Levi Neal captured the gold.

The 1,600 medley was won by Nikki DeWees, Janet Echols, Doyle and Carlan Pontious.

The distance medley gold went to Brooke Larned, Jenna Robertson, Carlos Lopez and Pontious.

Heaving their way to the top were Kayla Morgan, Holly West, Morgan Cassuto and Matt Wilson in the shot put relay and Morgan, Kady Ward, Cassuto and Nick Ford in the discus relay.

The Longhorns took second in four events including the 4x800 relay, high jump relay, long jump relay and triple jump relay.

The team of Lana Cluff, Larned, Josh Lymer and Jourdain Wood took the silver in the 4x800.

DeWees, Robertson, Donovan Swanson and Robert Walker finished second in the coed high jump relay.

The long jump second-place medal went to the team of DeWees, Nossek, Neal and Chase Sevey.


Donovan Swanson helped the Horns secure a second-place finish in the high jump relay in a meet held at Snowflake where the Payson teams took first.

The triple jump relay team of Kyndel Lann, Talia Schaal, Sevey and Wood picked up the silver as well.

Bronze medals were also captured by four Longhorn teams in the 4x100 relay, shuttle hurdle relay, pole vault and throwers' relay.

Results of the Payson coed relays

A couple of track records were broken, including five by Sinagua, in sprinting relays and the high jump.

Payson's shot put relay team of Morgan, West, Cassuto and Wilson set one of their own with a total distance of 152 feet, 8 inches, good enough for a new track record. Cassuto's 48-foot, 3-inch heave was a record of its own.

The triple jumping team of Lann, Schaal, Sevey and Wood totaled 125 feet, 7 inches for the first place finish.

The pole vaulting team of Sara Agnes, Shanna Coleman, Nick Goodman and Dan McGee cleared 42 feet collectively, good enough for first place.

The coed discus team of Morgan, Ward, Cassuto and Ford reigned over the competition a second time in as many weeks, with a collective distance of 425 feet, 2.5 inches.

The Longhorns picked up some silvers in the long- and high-jump relays with distances of 65 feet, 5.5 inches and 22 feet, respectively.

In sprinting relays, the Horns took home a first place and three second place finishes.

Open results

Other results for girls' individual events include first-place finishes for Cluff in the 800; Robertson in the 200 and high jump; DeWees in the long jump; Emily Hill in the pole vault; Ward in the shot put; Jordynn Runzo in the discus.

Boys' open results include first place finishes for Wood in the 800; Swanson in the high jump; Scott Andrus in the shot put and discus.

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