Lady Longhorn Maddie Nossek Gets The Gold


Lady Longhorn Maddie Nossek continued her domination of the girls' long jump by winning the event at the 3A North Skydome Classic.

At the indoor meet held March 4 on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Nossek leaped 15 feet, 10.75 inches to win the gold medal.

Just five days earlier at the season opening Desert Classic in Queen Creek, she won the event with a jump of 16 feet, 2.5 inches.

The highflying sophomore is also the 3A state defending champion clutching a PR mark of 16 feet, 8 inches.

In addition to her gold medal at NAU, Nossek was second in the 200 meters (27.8), third in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and ran the lead off leg on the fourth place finishing 4x400 relay team. On the foursome with her were Kyndel Lann, Janet Echols and Nikki DeWees.

Nossek might be a bit young to remember that the Lady Longhorns have a history of churning out some of the finest track and field athletes in the country including Rheanna Martinez, Lura Goldman, Stephanie Robertson and Nicole Engstrom.

In the spring of 2000, Martinez set the school long jump record of 18 feet, 5 inches.

But as good as Nossek's predecessors were, her performances last year as an untested freshman and in this season's first two meets, render her a budding star who could someday be mentioned in the same breath with Payson's finest.

Also for the Lady Horns at the Skydome Classic, Jenna Robertson was second in the shot put (34 feet, 1 inch), fourth in the 200 meters (28.36) and sixth in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches).

The efforts of Nossek, Robertson and the relay team led the Lady horns to 42 points and a fourth place finish in the 17 team field.

The Horns

In the boys' competition, Daniel McGee was the Horns long gold medal winner taking the pole vault title at 12 feet.

Scott Andrus, an offensive and defensive line standout on last season's Longhorn football team, threw to second in the shot put with a heave of 46 feet, 10.5 inches.

At last season's 3A state meet, Andrus uncorked a toss of 44 feet, 0.25 inches to finish eighth.

Also for PHS in Flagstaff, junior Nick Goodman pole vaulted 11 feet, 6 inches and was third. Matt Wilson took fifth in the shot put (43 feet, 8 inches) and Chase Sevey, fifth in the triple jump (38 feet, 2 inches).

The 4x800 relay team of Nick Creighton, Chad Lammers, Shane Crisp and Sevey was sixth overall in 3:51.04.

If the team wants to eventually qualify for state, the four will need to significantly improve their clocking.

Last season, the Longhorn 4x400 team of Nate Doyle, Brandon Alexander, Carlos Lopez and Sevey earned a 3A berth with a 3:32.34 ET.

The two PHS track and field teams return to action today, Friday, at the Morenci Invitational.

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