Shot Put A Strong Event For Longhorns

Matt Wilson gets a gold, Scott Andrus a silver at Safford

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After starring on the Longhorn football and basketball teams, Matt Wilson has molded himself into a standout on the school's track and field squad.

The 6-foot, 6-inch, 245-pound junior's strength this season has been in the shot put where he is approaching the magical 50-foot mark.

At the Safford Invitational, held March 20, Wilson uncorked a throw of 45 feet, 7 inches to earn the Longhorns their only gold medal of the day.

Not far behind him in second place was senior teammate Scott Andrus who threw 45 feet, 3.5 inches. Andrus was also second in the discus at 130 feet, 3 inches.

Daniel McGee pocketed a silver medal in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet.

In the high jump, Troy Brown cleared 5 feet, 8 inches and finished fourth.

Derek Williams, Joey Garcia, Steven Andrus and Gunner Bauer joined forces for a fourth-place showing in the 4x800 relay. They were clocked in at 9:36.53.

The efforts of the medal winners lifted PHS to a fourth-place showing among the 13 teams entered.

Select members of the boys team will compete at the 68th Annual Chandler Rotary Invitational when it is held March 28 and 29.

Among those entered will be Andrus in the shot put and discus and Wilson in shot.

Brown is on the meet roster in the high jump and long jump and McGee in the pole vault.

Payson will also have 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams participating.

Chase Sevey's triple jump best of 40 feet, 11.25 inches earned him a berth in the event.

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