Phs Track Practices Moved To Rumsey

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With no track facility to practice on and school in spring recess, it would have been easy for the Longhorn track and field teams to fold up their tents for the week.

But that wasn't the situation last week as coach Ian Harvey and dedicated members of the team continued to practice and compete.

Because the PHS track is being resurfaced, practices were moved to the Rumsey Park multipurpose field.

The team also kept its commitment to compete in the Round Valley Invitational held March 13 in the RVHS dome in Springerville-Eagar.

There, the boys finished 11th among 18 teams entered and the girls took eighth.

"Not too bad considering it was spring break and many of our kids were out of town," assistant coach Chuck Yale said. "And we didn't have a track to practice on."

For the boys team, the 4x100 relay team of Chad Lammers, Brandon Moratti, Caleb Harrison and Shane Crisp ran to a fourth-place finish in 47.77. The girls 4x800 relay team was also fourth turning in a clocking of 11:18.65.

On the team were Lana Cluff, Jacquelyn Oesterblad, Elizabeth Luna and Tanya Olson.

Also for Payson, Daniel McGee was fifth in the pole vault with an effort of 11 feet, 6 inches.

Talia Schaal's triple jump of 30 feet, 3 inches earned her fifth-place honors.

The girls 4x400 relay tam of Katie Hancock, Kynel Lann, Janet Echols and Schaal was fifth in 4:48.55.

Next up for the teams in the Chandler Invitational March 28 and 29. The Longhorns will make their home debut April 2 at the Payson Coed Invitational.

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