Nossek Takes Arizona Gold

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Much like the television commercial bunny that keeps on “going and going and going,” Maddie Nossek keeps getting “better and better and better.”

Proof of her ongoing improvement surfaced April 2 and 3 at the 21st Annual Arizona Prep Heptathlon in Queen Creek.

There, the Payson High School senior scored 4,048 points to not only win the prestigious competition, but also become one of the top 20 All-time Arizona Scholastic Heptathletes.

The closest any of the other nine invitees could come to the Lady Longhorn star was 3,159 points scored by Sydney Tassielli.

Nossek’s score was also just short of the 4,442 points that former Lady Longhorn Stephanie Robertson racked up in 1999. That year, Robertson was one of the top three heptathletes in the United States.

Nossek’s tally also represented a huge improvement over the 3,891 points she scored last season at the Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

In Queen Creek last weekend, Nossek took an early lead and built on it as the competition wore on.

“At the end of the first day, she led the field by almost 500 points,” said PHS assistant track coach Chuck Yale.

Her opening-round accomplishments included a second-place finish in the 100 meters hurdles (17.30), a gold medal in the high jump (5 feet, 5 inches), a win in the shot put (32 feet) and a silver medal in the 200 meters (27.60).

On the second day, she captured the long jump title (16 feet, 7 inches), finished as runner-up in the javelin (70 feet, 3 inches) and won the 800 meters in 2:35.56, which was about three seconds faster than second-place finisher Amanda Showers.

All the prep athletes participating in the event were invited by Arizona Prep Multi-Events officials based on their past-meet totals and current-season times.

USA Track and Field sanctioned the heptathlon, but athletes competed unattached and the meet did not count as part of the high school season.

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