The 17 track and field prep teams that gathered April 17 in Lakeside for the Blue Ridge Invitational struggled under adverse weather conditions.
“Cold and windy as usual,” said assistant coach Chuck Yale.
Seemingly every meet the team has entered the past few weeks has been conducted in unfavorable weather conditions.
Despite the adversity in Lakeside, a trio of PHS team members managed first-place finishes. Senior Kayla Morgan led the charge winning both the shot put and discus.
In the shot, she uncorked a heave of 34 feet, 4.75 inches. A throw of 101 feet in the discus turned out to be the meet’s best.
Also, Maddie Nossek won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 10.5 inches. In the high jump, Ryan Hintz soared over the bar at 6 feet, 4 inches to win the gold.
Trailing Morgan in the shot put in second place was Jenna Robertson with a throw of 33 feet, 9.25 inches.
Talia Schaal took the triple jump silver soaring 31 feet, 11.75 inches. In the shot put, three-sport standout Bryan Burke threw 49 feet, 1 inch to take second.
In addition to Nossek’s first-place showing in the long jump, she hooked up with Kyndel Lann, Nikki DeWees and Iris Molina to take second in the 4x400 relay and also won the bronze medal in the 200 meters in 27.7.
Robertson won bronzes in the long jump (14 feet, 6 inches) and discus (89 feet, 5 inches). Lucy Schouten was third in the 3200 meters (13:59.76) and Talia Schaal was third in the 300-meter hurdles (54:25).
Fourth places were garnered by Cody York (high jump), Donovan Swanson (high hurdles) and Hintze (long jump).
The 4x100 relay team of Nick Creighton, York, Nick Goodman and Brandon Alexander was also fourth.
Fifth-place honors went to Holly West (shot put), Katie Welker (400 meters) and Robertson (200 meters).
Schouten, Nossek, Molina and Schaal teamed up to take fifth in the 4x800 relay.
The meet set the stage for the varsity’s appearance April 24 at the Safford Invitational and for the freshmen and sophomores entry on April 25 in the Payson Rotary Invitational.