Wml Final Heats Up Phs Track

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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.

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Sprinters in the 100-meter event are off and running at the White Mountain League track and field championships held May 8 on the all-weather track at Payson High School. More than 300 athletes participated in the middle school/junior high meet that was held in Payson for the first time.

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.

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