Kyle Racke (right) grits it out for a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Racke ran the distance in 16.8 seconds during the Payson Rotary Freshman-Sophomore Invitational held Saturday at Payson High School.
Payson High senior Bryan Burke edged closer to the magical 50-foot shot put mark throwing 48 feet, 5 inches at the Lupe Acevedo Relays held April 22 at Blue Ridge High School.
While the mark was impressive, it was short of his PR of 50 feet, 1/25 inches which he launched last year when finishing third at the 3A state championship.
For Burke to contend this season for the individual state shot put title, he’ll probably have to throw over 52 feet, which is the mark Blue Ridge’s Dwight Boyd chalked up in winning the 2008 shot put title.
Burke’s throw in Lakeside coupled with the efforts of teammates Matt Wilson (45 feet, 2.5 inches) and Logan Garner (37 feet, 9.75 inches), earned the Longhorns a first place in the three-person SP relay.
In the boys discus relay, Burke again led the Longhorn team’s gold-medal showing with a throw of 121 feet, 5 inches.
Also for the team, Wilson uncorked a 114 feet, 8 inch effort and Todd Runyan threw 108 feet, 6 inches.
The pair of threesomes were the only PHS teams to take first places in the relays.
Those efforts helped the boys team finish fourth among seven teams entered.
A depleted roster hampered the showing in Lakeside.
“Several athletes were missing due to illness,” assistant coach Chuck Yale said.
The pole vaulting team of Nick Goodman, Keith Williams and Levi Sopeland took second place laurels.
Goodman, the defending 3A state pole vault champion, cleared 13 feet, Williams went 11 feet, 6 inches and Sopeland was over the bar at 9 feet, 6 inches.
The boys 4x400 relay team of Brandon Alexander, Kyle Racke, Nick Creighton and Cody York took third as did the 4x200 relay team of Ben Sandoval, Alexander, Creighton and York.
In the high jump, York leaped 5 feet, 10 inches and Blake Brown jumped 5 feet, 4 inches.