Lady Longhorns Win One Gold At Blue Ridge

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For one of the few times this season, Payson High School's talented sophomore Maddie Nossek didn't win the gold medal in the long jump.

The shutout occurred April 11 at the Blue Ridge Invitational, but only because jumps coach Kenny Hayes opted to scratch his star from the event.

"It was for training purposes and, because it was cold and windy, we didn't want to risk (injury)," he said.

In the defending 3A state champion's absence, junior teammate Jenna Robertson produced Payson's best effort, a second-place leap of 14 feet, 4.75 inches. Robertson was also third in the shot put with a mark of 32 feet, 7.5 inches.

The Lady Longhorns' lone gold medal-winner was Kayla Morgan, who was first in both the discus and shot put. In the discus, she uncorked a heave of 98 feet, 1 inch, and in the shot put, she threw 34 feet, 6.5 inches.

In the triple jump, Talia Schaal soared 30 feet to win the silver medal.

Third-place finishers for the PHS teams included Bryan Burke (discus; 130 feet, 6 inches), Nikki DeWees (triple jump; 29 feet, 11.25 inches) and the Lady Horns 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams.

On the sprint relay team, that turned in a clocking of 54.76, were Tanya Olson, Kyndel Lann, Katie Hancock and Schaal.

The 4x400 foursome included Robertson, Nossek, DeWees and Lann. The team was timed in 4:36.08.

Fourth-place finishers included Chase Sevey (long jump; 18 feet, 5 inches), Nick Goodman (pole vault; 12 feet), Nossek (400 meter; 1:04) and Dewees (300 hurdles; 52.91.

As a team, the girls finished third in the 16-team field with 82 points. Of the 17 teams in the boys' field, the Horns were eighth with 27 points.

Next up for the PHS teams is the Snowflake Invitational, set to begin at noon April 18 at SHS.

The following day, the younger members of the team will be in action at the Payson Rotary Freshman-Sophomore Invitational on newly refurbished Longhorn track.

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