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Sports Gallery May 11, 2012

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Richard Nielson, shown long jumping, actually has qualified in the high jump for this weekend’s state track and field meet.

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Vaulter leads charge to Mesa

The Payson High boy’s track team will take to the Division III state finals a top-ranked pole vaulter who is widely considered the gold medal favorite. The state finals begin today, May 11, and continue tomorrow, Saturday, at Mesa College. Keith Williams has vaulted 14 feet, 6 inches this season, which is a full three inches better than the second-ranked athlete — Jacob Flores of Seton Catholic. Williams’ coach, school pole vault record holder Bo Althoff, has predicted his student might go even higher, possibly over 15 feet.

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