While Longhorn tracksters prepare for an appearance tomorrow, April 21, in the Lupe Acevado Relays in Lakeside, coach Jonathan Ball continues to praise both the boys and girls for their performances in the Fountain Hills Veterans Invitational.
“We had some super performances which led to the girls winning it and the boys taking third,” he said. “It was a great meet for us.”
The coach, however, later added a slight disclaimer saying, “We had some boys who didn’t show up (for the bus trip) ... if they’d have been there, we’d have won it.”
On April 10 at Fountain Hills High School, the Lady Horns ran away with the team championship posting 163 points. Second place Estrella Foothills trailed by more than 26 points.
The boys scored 117.5 point in a hotly contested race taken by Notre Dame Prep (125). Just one point ahead of the Horns in second place was Maricopa.
For the boys, Ball cited junior Blake Brown, saying, “He scored 25-1/2 points all by himself.”
Brown’s finest performance was in the long jump, which he won with a nice leap of 18 feet, 8.5 inches.
He was also second in the triple jump (36 feet, 2.5 inches) and third in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches).
The coach also lauded Lady Longhorn Holly West for winning both the shot put and the discus, “she was great.”
In the shot, her throw of 36 feet, 8 inches was easily the best of the meet.
Her closest competition came from teammate Maddie Nossek who threw 34 feet, 1 inch.
In the discus, West took top honors with a toss of 95 feet, 6 inches.
If there was another dominating showing for the Lady Horns it was the 800-meter run in which Liza Harpe and Lauren Nossek were the class of the field.
Harpe, only a freshman, ran to a gold medal in 2:37.50 to best Nossek, the runner-up, by about 9 seconds.
Lauren’s older sister, Maddie, was at her usual best in the long jump, winning with a leap of 15 feet, 10 inches. She also took first in the high jump by clearing 5 feet.
“It’s so easy to forget about Maddie, because we are used to her doing so well,” Ball said.
It is not unusual for Maddie Nossek, one of the country’s finest prep heptathletes, to win three or four gold medals at a meet.
Following the team’s return from the Lupe Acevado Relays, the younger members of the team will compete April 24 in the Payson Freshman-Sophomore Invitational.
The regular season wraps up April 30 at the Winslow Invitational. Regionals will be May 7 and 8 at Show Low.