Payson’s Keith Williams and Daniel Patterson are locked in a ferocious head-to-head duel to determine which of the two high flyers is Division III’s finest pole-vaulter.
Both vaulted 14 feet, 3 inches, the division’s highest marks this season, on May 7 at the Last Chance Invitational in Snowflake.
There, the two had no equals — the third-place finisher, Coconino’s Casey Childers cleared only 13 feet, 6 inches.
Williams’ efforts in Lobo land propelled the PHS track team to a fifth-place finish in an 18-team field with 69.33 points.
With 102 points, Blue Ridge was first.
Also at Snowflake, Tanner Hodges ran to a sixth-place finish in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:01.23 and Kyle Raeke was clocked in at 41.81 to finish fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
In the 800 meters, Payson’s one-two punch of Ezra White and Sam Grassel finished fifth and sixth in a 40-plus runner field. White was clocked in 2:05.75 and Grassel in 2:07.36.
Sprinter Cameron Romance was first in section six of the 200 meters in 23.88. Romance also teamed with Ian Dillon, Logan Morris and Williams to take fourth in the 4x400 relay in 3:33.31.
Senior Sean Ford got off a nice toss of 109 feet, 1.5 inches to finish fourth in the discus. In the shot put, Ford was fifth at 41 feet, 5.5 inches.
Teammate Justin Moratti was fourth with a toss of 42 feet, 10 inches. Blake Brown triple jumped 38 feet, 11.5 inches and was seventh among 29 entrants.
The boys track team returns to action May 13 and 14 at the Division III finals to be held at Mesa Community College.