Best Of State Compete In Final Track Meet

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The Meet of Champions will provide Payson High School senior Todd Kreimeyer the opportunity to run against the best sprinters in Arizona.

As the Class 3A state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, the Horns speedster automatically received a berth into the prestigious postseason meet formally known as the Luke-Greenway Meet of Champions.

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Carlan Pontious is awaiting word about whether he will be invited to the Meet of Champions, tomorrow, Saturday, at Chandler High School.

Meet rules restrict qualifiers to just one event, so Kreimeyer picked the 100 meters, which he won May 13 in the 3A state finals in 11:20.

Although the 200 might be a stronger event for Kreimeyer, he opted for the shorter sprint in hopes of setting a personal record.

"He'd like to break 11 (seconds)," coach Chuck Hardt said.

To be competitive, he will likely have to set a personal record. Among his opponents in the meet could be Dontay Moch of Chandler Hamilton who won the 5A 100 meters in 10:78. Moon Valley's John Arrington won the 4A crown in 10:85.

Winners of each event, except relays, in the 1A to 5A state meets receive automatic seeds into the Meet of Champions.

Other berths are doled out to individuals who turned in outstanding performances at state.

Carlan Pontious and Brandon Echols remain in contention for at-large berths. At press time, neither had received a confirmed invitation.

Pontious could be invited to the 1600 meters. In the 3A state meet, he finished second in 4:25.03 about one second behind Chinle's Romero Curley.

Echols was runner-up to Kreimeyer in both the 100 and 200 meters. In the 200, Echols was clocked in 22.86, about .2 of a second behind Kreimeyer.

He ran an 11.35 in the 100 to trail his teammate by .15 of a second.

The Meet of Champions will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at Chandler High School.

Kreimeyer, Echols, Pontious and teammates will be honored at noon today, Friday, in a schoolwide assembly in the PHS auditorium.

Town councilor Tim Fruth, also the school's assistant principal, will present the key to the town to the team. The team, in turn, will present the state championship trophy to principal Roy Sandoval.

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