Maddie Nossek’s performance at the Safford Invitational could have reminded old-timers of the feats of some of Payson High’s finest track and field athletes including Nicole Engstrom, Stephanie Robertson, Lura Goldman and Rheanna Martinez.
Like those former Lady Horn greats, Nossek was a one-person highlight film racking up 36 out of a possible 40 points in the meet held April 24 at SHS.
For her performance, Nossek was chosen the Outstanding Female Athlete of the meet and “won a huge plaque,” said assistant coach Chuck Yale.
The PHS junior, who was a state long jump champion as a freshman, won the 200 meters in 27:39 and the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 8 inches.
She was also second in the 400 meters (1:01.97) and in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches).
Her efforts led the Lady Horns to a second place team finish, in the 17-team field, with 112 points.
Also in the PHS individual effort, silver medals were garnered by Iris Molina, 3200 meters, 13:14.91; Talia Schaal, triple jump, 31 feet, 9.5 inches; and Jenna Robertson, shot put, 36 feet.
In the 4x400 relay, the team of Kyndel Lann, Nikki DeWees, Schaal and Katie Welker was second in 11:21.44.
Jacquelyn Osterblad, Lauren Nossek, Molina and Lann hooked up to take second in the 4x800 relay in 11:21.44.
Third place honors were reaped by Kayla Morgan, shot put, 35 feet; and Robertson, 200 meters, 28:02.
Hintze wins only gold
Led by Ryan Hintze’s gold medal high jump leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, the boys track and field team was fourth overall with 48 points.
Senior Matt Wilson threw 46 feet, 3 inches to finish second in the shot put and Nick Goodman soared 13 feet in the pole vault to also take second.
Dustin Iles turned in a clocking of 42.1 in the 300 hurdles and was third.
The team returns to action today, May 1, in a Winslow High School hosted meet.
The East regional championships will be held May 8 and 9 in Payson. Events begin at noon on Friday and the following day at 10 a.m.
The state championship will be decided May 15 and 16 at Mesa High School.