Track and field action will be fast and furious at Payson High School this week.
It all begins tomorrow, May 6, with the White Mountain League junior high/middle school finals on PHS track. Competition begins at 1 p.m.
The following day, the Class 1A North and West regional finals will be contested beginning at 10 a.m.
The flurry wraps up Friday and Saturday with the 3A East regional championships. Each day, field events tip off at 1 p.m. and running events one hour later.
“It will be a busy day on the track this week,” said PHS assistant coach Chuck Yale.
Admission is not charged to any of the meets and spectators are welcome.
In the White Mountain League championships, in which Rim Country Middle School qualifiers will compete, athletes compete in one of three divisions, A, B or C, based on their height and weight.
The top four finishers in each event at the two high school meets qualify for the state championships.
For the 3A conference, that meet will be contested May 15 and 16 and Mesa High School.
The Longhorns tuned up for the upcoming regional showdown on May 1 at the Winslow Invitational.
There, Maddie Nossek won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 6 inches.
Last week, the PHS junior jumped 16 feet, 8 inches to win the Outstanding Athlete award at the Safford Invitational.
Also for the Lady Longhorns in Winslow, the 4x100 relay team of Kyndel Lann, Nikki Dewees, Jenna Robertson and Nossek took third in 53.02.
Talia Schaal was third in the triple jump and 100 hurdles.
She soared 32 feet in the TJ and in the hurdles was clocked in 16.94.
For the boys, defending state champion pole vaulter Nick Goodman took second at 13 feet and the 4x400 relay team of Shane Crisp, Cody York, Ryan Hintze and Nick Creighton was third in 3:38.08.