Rotary Track Marks Up For Grabs

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Maddie Nossek soared 16 feet, 4 inches in the long jump in 2007 to give Payson High its first-ever Payson Rotary Freshman-Sophomore Invitational meet record.

Nossek’s standard, which was set for ninth-grade girls, still stands, but could be threatened when the 2009 edition of the meet is held April 25 on PHS track.

Numerous other marks are also up for grabs — mostly records set by representatives of 4A and 5A schools.

Of the 60 Rotary meet records for both ninth- and 10th-graders, only four are held by class 3A athletes.

Some athletes, like Tolleson’s Anthony Tarkington, hold several records.

Tarkington set the freshmen 100-meter record of 11.17 in 2004. A year later, he established the sophomore record of 11.00.

Also as a sophomore, he ran a 22.53 in the 200 meters to set a record.

Kindall Begay, who once competed for the Tonto Apache Track and Field team on the USA Track circuit, holds both the ninth- and 10th-grade shot put marks. In 2004, she threw 34 feet, 10 inches for a freshman standard. A year later she heaved the shot 36 feet, 3.5 inches.

The ex-Tonto Apache, also holds the sophomore discus mark of 119 feet, 8 inches. Begay competed for Tolleson when she set the records.

Invitational action begins at 10:30 a.m. with the field events including shot put, discus, pole vault, high jump and long jump.

At 11:30 a.m., the running events, including the 4x800 coed relay will begin.

The relay is unique in that teams can field foursomes of two boys and two girls in any combinations of two freshmen and two sophomores.

Which means, coaches will be scratching their noggins trying to figure out their school’s fastest combination.

The 4x400 coed relay is run with the same format.

Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge.

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