Payson High School's most accomplished long-distance runner might want to pack a spare pair of shoes when he travels tomorrow to Chandler for the 59th Annual Rotary Invitational Track and Field meet.
That's because Jeremy Lee is entered in three events which cover a whopping 5,600 meters. That type of running over the course of a single day might take their toll on the teenager's favorite running shoes.
Entered in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs, Lee is facing a daunting challenge that few long-distance runners would attempt.
But with impressive qualifying times of 2:07.5 in the 800, 4:44.2 in the 1,600 and 10:35 in the 3,200, Lee has proven he has the speed and stamina necessary to run with the state's best.
Lee won't be alone during his visit to Chandler because eight of his Longhorn teammates have also been entered into the competition.
One of the Payson competitors who might have the best chance for earning a medal in the star-studded field is junior Sterling White. With throws of 46 feet, 2 inches in the shot-put and 122 feet, 5 inches in the discus, he's proven to be a sterling thrower.
Coach Pete Greer predicts the youngster, still recovering from recent knee surgery, might unleash much longer marks at Chandler or other future competitions.
Also set to shine at the Rotary meet is 100-meter school record-holder (11:35) David Shaw. In addition to the 100, Shaw will compete in the 200-meter dash where he sports a PR of 23:15.
Andrew Easton has qualified for Chandler in both the 300 hurdles (42.5) and the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches).
Meikle Garrett will compete in the high hurdles (17.1) and the 300 hurdles (43.9).
Joining Lee is the long-distance runs will be Wes Sprinkle (3200: 11:12) and Nolan Blalock (1600: 5:04).
Chris Kanop is slated to represent Payson in the shot-put (36 feet, 10 inches). In the discus, Everett Lenhart (96 feet, 7 inches) is entered.