Brown’S Versatility Lifts Horn Track Team


Blake Brown flew 18 feet, 3 inches in the long jump to finish second at the Winslow Invitational.

Blake Brown flew 18 feet, 3 inches in the long jump to finish second at the Winslow Invitational. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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High flyin’ Blake Brown continues to be the Payson High School track team’s top all around performer and point producer.

At most meets this year coaches penciled him into a maximum four events and that strategy remained intact April 29 during the running of the Winslow Invitational.

In it, Brown competed in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and 4x100 meter relay team.

In the long jump, Brown flew 18 feet, 3 inches to finish second behind Snowflake’s Tyler Johnson (19 feet).

Brown couldn’t duplicate his PR of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, but managed to battle to a four-way tie for third with a mark of 6 feet. Teammate Richard Nielson also cleared 6 feet and was in the tie for third.

In the triple jump, Brown soared 36 feet, 2 inches and was fifth among the 23 entrants.

Brown joined forces with Cameron Romance, Ian Dillon and Jake Gonzales to take fourth in the 4x100 relay. The team was clocked in 45.23.

The efforts of Brown and his teammates paced the Horns to 47.5 team points and a fourth-place finish in the 16-team field.

Assistant coach Chuck Yale said the team might have done better, but was missing some athletes due to other obligations.

The gold medal winning 4x800 relay team of Ezra White, Tanner Hodges, Jamie Wadington and Sam Grassel turned in one of the finest efforts in Winslow.

The foursome won easily in 9:05.06.

In the hotly contested 100-meter dash, Dillon was clocked in 12.32 and was fifth in a huge field of seven sections of 40-plus runners. Dillon was also fifth in the 200 meters with a clocking of 24.66.

The Longhorns return to action today, May 6, in Snowflake at the Last Chance Invitational.

On May 13 and 14 in Arizona State University Sun Angel Stadium to Division III or “state” tournament will be held.

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