Dustin Isles and Forrest Wadington led the Longhorn charge at the 3A East regional track and field finals by winning gold medals in two of the sport’s most demanding events.
Wadington was first in the 800 meters, turning in a time of 2:04.49, clocking just off his PR of 2:02.26.
Isles won the 300-meter hurdles, covering the distance in 38.64. A week ago, Isles set a meet record of 38.99 at the Winslow Invitational.
Isles was also second in the 110-meter hurdles at the East finals with a time of 15.61. Snowflake’s Jacob Rawlings won the event in 15.30.
The points earned by Wadington and Isles propelled the Longhorns to 110 points and a fourth-place finish in the six-team fields.
Highly favored Snowflake scored 172 points to win the East crown.
Freshman runner Michael Scott legged his way to a 53.20 clocking in the 400 meters and a fourth-place finish.
In the high jump, Blake Brown cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to tie for third with Snowflake’s Michael Bishop.
Brown was also fourth in the hotly contested long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 9.25 inches that was just 2.5 inches short of Bishop’s winning jump.
The top nine finishers in the event all cleared 19 feet, including Payson’s Scott, who jumped 19 feet, .75 inches.
In the triple jump, the multitalented Brown was seventh at 38 feet, 3.25 inches.
The Longhorns join their female track and field counterparts May 13-15 at the 3A state championship to be held in Sun Angel Stadium at Arizona State University.