Spring break has reduced the numbers of the Payson High School track team, but not the enthusiasm of the team members who continue to practice.
Among those shining during the school district’s recess are senior Cody York, Nick Goodman and Maddie Nossek.
At a March 10 clash in Sedona, where no scores were kept, the high-flying York — the Longhorn basketball team’s leading scorer last season — flew over the bar at 6 feet, 4 inches, setting a personal record.
At the Buckeye Invitational contested March 14, Goodman — also a state wrestling champion — took first place in the pole vault with an effort of 12 feet, 6 inches. A week earlier at Queen Creek, Goodman vaulted 13 feet but only placed seventh due to the stiff competition that showed up.
Also at Queen Creek, Nossek won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 1 inch.
The mark easily surpassed the 16 feet, 2.5 inches Nossek jumped last season, finishing second at the Arizona State Track and Field Championships.
In the high jump, the multi-talented junior soared over 5 feet, 1 inch to finish fourth.
Also taking fourth at Queen Creek was Jenna Robertson who threw 35 feet, 4.75 inches in the shot put.
Ryan Hintz garnered seventh place in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, Dustin Illes was seventh in the 300 hurdles in 42.82.
The Lady Longhorns 4x800 relay team was eighth in 11.14.49.
At the Buckeye Invitational, Talia Schaal was fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.01), and fifth in the 300 hurdles (51.92).
In the high jump, Donovan Swanson was over the bar at 6 feet to take fourth.
Jacquelyn Oesterblad ran 6.02.12 in the 1600 meters to finish sixth.
Holly West was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 28 feet, 10 inches.
As a team at Buckeye, the boys were 15th of 17 teams competing, and the girls 13th of the 16 who entered.
“Many of our kids are away on break, so we don’t look that strong yet,” assistant coach Chuck Yale said.
The teams return to action March 20 in a multi-meet at Round Valley High School in Eagar.