The Lady Longhorn track and field team stamped itself a region and state championship contender with a powerful performance at the Lupe Acevedo Relays.
In the seven-team field, the Lady Horns posted 68 points to finish in second place, only two points behind powerful Blue Ridge. The meet was contested April 22 in Lakeside.
Most remarkable about the silver-medal finish is it was accomplished without several athletes who did not make the trip due to illness.
In the relay format, Payson racked up five gold medals — shot put, discus, 4x200, sprint medley and 4x100.
On the shot put team were Jenna Robertson (35 feet, 5.5 inches), Kayla Morgan (33 feet, 6.5 inches) and Monica Lamb (26 feet, 10.25 inches).
Morgan (88 feet, 11 inches), Lamb (67 feet, 9 inches) and Lucy Schouten (36 feet, 8 inches) formed the winning discus team.
On the 4x400 foursome were Maddie Nossek, Kyndel Lann, Nikki DeWees and Robertson. The team turned in a clocking of 1:51.13.
Sara Anderson, Kierston Mock, Talia Schaal and Katie Welker formed the sprint medley team that was timed in 3:07.74.
The distances in the sprint medleys are 100, 100, 200 and 400 meters.
On the winning 4x100 team were Robertson, DeWees, Lann and Nossek.
Also showing well for Payson was the girls distance medley team that finished as silver medalists in 15:26.11.
The foursome included Sara Cluff, Welker, Jacquelyn Oesterblad and Iris Molina running legs of 800, 400, 1200 and 1600 meters.
The 4x400 team of Robertson, Mock, Welker and Schaal was also second.
In the long jump relay, Nossek paced the silver medalist team by leaping 16 feet, feet, .25 inches. Katie Welker got off an effort of 13 feet, 7.75 inches and Anderson jumped 9 feet, 4 inches.
In third place was the 4x800 crew of Cluff, Oesterblad, Schouten and Molina.
For the meet, each of the teams had the unusual chore of bringing along nonperishable foods.
“It was donated to the local food bank as part of the entry fee,” Yale said. “Also the events were sponsored by various groups, including the Payson Track Club, and those funds were donated to Special Olympics.”
The PHS team returns to action today, April 28, in the Payson Open. Events begin at 1 p.m.