Longhorn Track Teams In Rebuilding Stage

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Track and field assistant coach Kenny Hayes is among those trying to rebuild the boys and girls teams to the region and state forces they were only a few seasons ago.

"We are very young and we aren't the powerhouse we once were," he said. "But we do have some good individuals."

Hayes and the remainder of the staff, which includes first-year head coach Ian Harvey, had the opportunity to preview team members Feb. 29 at the Desert Classic held at Queen Creek High School.

There the girl's team tallied 32 points to finish seventh among 16 teams. The boys had just two athletes earn team points and were 14th of 19 teams.

Junior Bryan Burke turned in the best effort finishing third in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 10 inches.

Chase Sevey, a senior, triple jumped 38 feet, 11 inches to finish eighth.

For the Lady Horns, defending 3A state champion long jumper Maddie Nossek picked up from where she left off last season by winning the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 2 inches.

At the 2007 3A state championships in Mesa, Nossek -- then an unheralded freshman -- pulled off the upset of the meet winning the long jump at 16 feet, 8 inches.

Nossek's first place showing at the Desert Classic wasn't her only contribution to the Lady Horns season opening endeavor.

She also took eighth in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and ran a leg of the seventh-place finishing 4x400 relay team.

On the foursome with Nossek were Tanya Olson, Kyndel Lann and Nikki DeWees.

Also for Payson at Queen Creek, junior three-sport star Jenna Robertson was second in the shot put (32 feet, 2 inches), sixth in the long jump (14 feet, 11 inches) and seventh in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches).

Sophomore newcomer Holly West took fourth in the shot put (30 feet, 7 inches).

The 4x800 relay team of Brooke Larned, Jacquelyn Osterblad, Lana Cluff and Olson was seventh.

Both the boys and girls teams return to action today, Tuesday, at the 3A North Indoor Track Meet in Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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