Phs Junior Brings Home Pole Vault Title

Maddie Nossek finishes second in long jump, Jenna Robertson earns silver, girls 4x100 relay team finishes fourth, four others finish third at state


Junior Nick Goodman led the PHS charge at the Class 3A State Track and Field championship, winning the pole vault title with a mark of 13 feet.

Goodman's medal was the only gold won by a Payson High athlete during the state games held May 9 and 10 at Mesa High School.

In the pole vault finals, Snowflake's Scott Dillon also cleared 13 feet, but the win went to Goodman on fewer misses.

If there was an upset for Payson at the state meet, it occurred in the women's long jump.

Lady Horn Maddie Nossek entered the event as the defending state champion and a favorite to win her second successive title.

But the high-flying sophomore had to settle for second place behind Sedona's Hannah Mosley who leaped 16 feet, 5 inches. Nossek's best was 16 feet, 2.5 inches.

While Nossek's second place was a bit of a disappointment, the Payson cause did receive a nice boost from Jenna Robertson.

In the shot put, she uncorked a heave of 34 feet, 8 inches that earned her a silver medal behind Sedona's Kali Gajewski who threw 35 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Robertson's state throw was 3.5 inches further than her silver-medal toss at the East regional finals held May 2 and 3 at Blue Ridge High School.

In addition to Nossek's and Robertson's silver medals, the duo hooked up with Katie Hancock and Nikki DeWees to run to a fourth-place finish in the 4x100 relay. The foursome was clocked in 52.09 or 1.17 seconds behind event champion Estrella Foothills.

Ryan Hintze, Isaac Cluff, Bryan Burke and Kayla Morgan garnered third-place state honors.

Hintze won the bronze in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches that was two inches shy of the gold-medal jump of Safford's Ryan Shrum. Matt Boyd of Blue Ridge also cleared 6 feet, 4 inches.

Cluff, a senior bound for West Point, was third in the pole vault after clearing 12 feet, 6 inches.

Burke passed the magical shot put mark of 50 feet for the first time in his career, with a throw of 50 feet, 1.25 inches.

As expected in the event, Blue Ridge's Dwight Boyd was first (52 feet, 4.5 inches) and Winslow's Joe Larsen second (50 feet, 7 inches).

Payson's Matt Wilson was fifth at 48 feet, 10.5 inches.

Morgan took third in the discus (100 feet, 2 inches) and was seventh in the shot put (32 feet, 10 inches).

Her throw in the discus was considerably short of the 106 feet, 6 inch first-place effort she unleashed in the East region championships.

In the team standings, the PHS boys were 10th, with 32 points.

With 104 points, perennial track and field champion Safford claimed the state crown.

In the girls competition, which was dominated by East region team Blue Ridge and Snowflake, Payson was seventh, posting 42 points.

Blue Ridge copped the team title with a whopping 112.5 points. With 52 points, Snowflake was third.

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