More than 300 middle school and junior high school qualifiers gathered May 8 on the new Payson High School all-weather track to participate in the White Mountain League track and field finals.
The event marked the first time Payson has hosted the WML finals.
In the 11-team field, the host Rim Country Middle School Maverick boys team finished third behind WML champion Blue Ridge and runner-up Snowflake.
"For us, that was a major improvement," Mav coach Randy Wilcox said. "Last year our boys were last (in the WML championships)."
The Lady Mavericks ran, jump and threw their way to a silver medal showing behind coach Bob Farrar's Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
Eighth grader Lauren Stewart led the RCMS charge winning in the Class C 800 and 1600 meter championships.
In WML track and field, youngsters compete in one of three classes: A, B or C, based on their height and weight.
To compete in the league finals, athletes had to finish among the top four at qualifying meets held May 1 at Blue Ridge, Round Valley and Winslow.
The championships marked the culmination of the 2002-2003 WML campaign. Action will resume when football and fast pitch softball practices commence in August.