Phs Has Track, Field Regional Contenders


An 11-team meet in Snowflake turned out to be the proving ground Payson High School track and field teams needed to prepare for the regional championships to be held May 2 in Pinetop-Lakeside.

Competing April 18 in Snowflake were most of the East teams that will square off against one another in the regional finals.

Among those who stepped up to prove they were regional championship contenders was Payson's Ryan Hintze who leaped his way to gold medals in both the high and long jump.

In the high jump, he cleared 6 feet, 4 inches and in the long jump he sailed 20 feet, 4.25 inches.

Payson's only other first-place finishers were Maddie Nossek, Jenna Robertson, Kayla Morgan and the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

Nossek won the 200 meters (28.42), Robertson took the shot put title (34 feet, 5 inches) and Morgan won the discus (95 feet, 10 inches).

The sprint relay team of Janet Echols, Nikki DeWees, DeWees, Nossek and Robertson was timed in 4:25.53.

The 4x800 foursome was timed in 11:03.19.

On the team were Kyndel Lann, Jacquelyn Oesterblad, Talia Schaal and Nossek.

Second-place finishers in Snowflake included Nick Goodman, pole vault, 13 feet; Kady Ward, discus, 89 feet, 4 inches; Nossek, 100 meters, 13:53; Robertson, long jump, 15 feet, 2.75 inches; and Morgan, shot put, 34 feet, 4.75 inches.

Bronze medalists were Matt Wilson, shot put, 44 feet, 7.5 inches; Echols, 800 meters, 2:36.43; and DeWees, triple jump, 30 feet.

The top four finishers at the regional championships will earn berths in the state finals to be held May 9 and 10 at Mesa High School.

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