Phs Long Jump, Shot Put Teams Finish First In Home Opener

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Maddie Nossek is up and over the board in the high jump event.

Longhorn long jump and shot put teams took first-place honors in the Payson Coed Relays track and field meet.

The competition, which was the Longhorns' first home meet of the year, took place April 2 on newly refurbished Payson High School track. Competing were teams from Camp Verde, Snowflake, Blue Ridge and host Payson.

In the coed long jump relay, the team of Maddie Nossek, Jenna Robertson, Ryan Hintze and Nick Creighton was first with a total of 67 feet, 8 inches.

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Logan Garner cuts loose with a shot put heave.

Nossek soared 15 feet, 6.5 inches; Robertson leaped 14 feet, 4.25 inches; Hintze jumped 20 feet, 2.25 inches; and Creighton cleared 17 feet, 7 inches.

In the coed shot put relay, the foursome of Bryan Burke (43 feet, 2.5 inches), Matt Wilson (43 feet, 6 inches), Jenna Robertson (31 feet, 11 inches) and Holly West (29 feet, 1.5 inches) won with a total effort of 147 feet, 9 inches. The mark eclipsed runner-up Blue Ridge's total by almost 10 feet.

In the coed pole vault relay, the foursome of Brittney McDaniel (6 feet), Jordyn Runzo (7 feet), Isaac Cluff (12 feet) and Daniel McGee (13 feet, 6 inches) was second, with a total of 38 feet, 6 inches.

Blue took first at 39 feet, 6 inches.

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Lady Longhorn Nikki DeWeese hands off to Jenna Robertson in the 4x100 relay.

Payson's coed triple jump relay team of Kyndel Lann (28 feet, .25 inches), Talia Schaal (29 feet, 7.5 inches), Chase Sevey (39 feet, 4.25 inches) and Blake Brown (30 feet, 8 inches) struggled to a fourth-place showing, more than 10 feet behind event champion Camp Verde.

In the running event relays, the coed 4x800 team that took first place in 10:08.12, turned in Payson's best effort.

Blue Ridge was second a full 10 seconds behind the PHS coed crew.

Payson was second in the running of the 4x1600 relay and third in the distance medley relay and shuttle hurdles.

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Isaac Cluff clears the pole vault bar at 12 feet.

In the open events, Kadi Ward won the shot put with a heave of 26 feet, 10 inches; Jacquelyn Oesterbald was the gold medalist in the girls 1600 meters (6:33.57); and Talia Schall won the 400 meters in 1:08.51.

Joey Garcia took top honors in the boys 1600 meters, churning out the four laps in 5:37.15.

Next up for the track and field squad is an April 11 trip to Lakeside for the Blue Ridge Invitational.

The Longhorns will be at home April 19 in the Rotary Frosh/Soph Invitational.

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Jenna Robertson long jumps at the Payson Coed Relays.

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