The winners of this year’s Arizona Prep Decathlon & Heptathlon left the field of participants at Queen Creek HS in the dust.
Maddie Nossek, a senior from Payson HS, took command early in the heptathlon and, by the close of the seven track & field events on the second day, had amassed 4,048 points. Her closest rival, Sydney Tassielli, finished with 3,159 points, followed closely by Donni Buss with 3,138.
In the decathlon competition, it was Queen Creek HS junior, Kolton Lock, who skated away from the rest of the field, completing the 10 events with a score of 5,475. More than 500 points separated Lock’s first-place finish from next in line, Todd Kirchner, with 4,891 points. Vernon Jamison was third with 4,794 points.
And the winners ran away from a pretty good field of competitors. Each had to be invited by Arizona Prep Multi-Events based on past point totals in muti-event competition, or based on current-season times or marks.
Although participants in the 21st annual event had to belong to a high school team to qualify, each runner had to be entered as an ‘unattached’ competitor and couldn’t even wear their school uniforms. The event is governed by USA Track & Field, so it does not count as a regular meet would during the high school season.
Nossek’s performance was particularly impressive. She led the field by almost 500 points coming out of the first day’s four events. She won the high jump (5’5″) and shot put (32′) and finished second in the 100m hurdles and the 200m run.
On the second day, she won the long jump (16’7″) and the 800m (2:35.56) and finished runner-up in the javelin.
The win at Queen Creek, which bettered her mark last year at the Great Southwest Classic by more than 500 points, moves her into the top 20 among all-Time Arizona Scholastic Heptahletes.
Lock, who is also a wide receiver on the Queen Creek football team, was the very definition of ‘all-around’ athlete as he placed in the top four in every event except the discus, where he finished sixth.
He took first in the 400m (53.70), 110m hurdles (15.70), and 1,500m (4:55.00). The shot put was his only second-place finish, but he was third in the 100m dash, high jump, pole vault, and javelin.