Senior three-sport star Jenna Robertson’s gold and twin silver medal efforts helped propel the Lady Longhorns to a second-place finish in the East region track and field championships.
In the six-team meet, which was contested May 8 and 9 on the Payson High School track, the Lady Horns posted 179 points to trail only Blue Ridge in the final standings.
Robertson’s medal-winning performances earned her Co-Female Field Athlete of the Meet honors. Tying her for top spot among field performers was Alchesay’s Maria Lupe.
Blue Ridge’s Jessica Rydberg won the honor in the running events.
Robertson won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 11.5 inches. Although teammate Kayla Morgan had a throw of identical length, Robertson was given the gold on a tiebreaker.
“Jenna won on a better second throw,” assistant coach Chuck Yale said.
Robertson was second in the long jump at 15 feet, 4 inches and threw the discus 97 feet, 10 inches to take another runner-up slot.
Although Morgan was edged out for the shot put gold, she did win the East discus title with a throw of 109 feet, 1 inch.
Junior Maddie Nossek leaped into the gold medal act finishing first in three events — the long jump, 200 meters and 400 meters.
In the long jump, she soared a personal record 17 feet, .25 inches. She was clocked in 27.22 in the 200 and 1:00.42 in the 400.
The highflying Nossek rounded out the impressive performance by taking third in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.
The Lady Horn cause also received a boost from secondplace finishers Talia Schaal, Nikki DeWees and the 4x400 relay team of Kierstin Mock, Katie Welker, Kyndel Lann and DeWees.
Schaal took the silver in the 100-meter hurdles (16.99) and DeWees was second in both the 300 hurdles (50.39) and the triple jump (31 feet, 1.25 inches).
The relay team was clocked in 4:20.39.
Schaal was third in the 300 hurdles (52.6) and the triple jump (30 feet, 9 inches). In the shot put and discus, West was third with efforts of 30 feet, 10.75 inches and 88 feet, 4 inches respectively.
Also garnering third were the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams.
On the 4x100 team were Lann, DeWees, Mock and Sara Anderson.
Iris Molina, Lauren Nossek, Jacquelyn Oesterblad and Sarah Cluff were members of the 4x800 team.
All the medal winners qualified for the 3A state meet, which will be held May 15 and 16 at Mesa High School. There, the East qualifiers will take on the top four finishers from the conference’s other three regions — North, South and West.