The beasts of the East gathered April 15 in Lakeside for the Blue Ridge Invitational and when the dust finally settled, the powerful Lady Yellow Jackets were flexing their stingers over the 18-team field that included all the former 3A East Region teams.
The Lady Jacket track and field team piled up 129.50 points to easily run away with the invitational title.
Show Low posted 98.50 points and was a distant second.
With 56.50 points, the Lady Longhorns were third.
Due to the large field of teams and number of athletes, some of the events were conducted in qualifying heats.
For example, in the second heat of the 100-meter dash, Morgan Chilson won easily in 13.08.
That propelled her into the finals where she was fourth in 13.12 about .17 behind event champion Marie Sutton of Westwind Prep.
In heat four of the 200 meters, Chilson was first in 27.39. In the finals she finished as silver medalist behind longtime nemesis Savannah Brown of St. Johns. Brown was clocked in 26.69 and Chilson in 27.51.
Chilson also ran the 400 meters and was sixth in 107.97. Teammate Lydia Galster sped to fourth with a clocking of 1:06.50.
Jannelle Hauptmann had a busy day in Lakeside competing in the pole vault, high jump, long jump and on the 4x100 relay team.
Her best effort was a gold medal win in the pole vault clearing 8 feet — a mark that was a full four inches better than the runner-up, Shiloh Donaldson of Round Valley.
In the relay, Hauptmann teamed with Danya Svir, Jaymi Carlen and Katelyn Cordell to finish third in Section 2. The foursome was timed in 53.98, which was .72 off the winning pace set by Blue Ridge.
In the high jump, Hauptmann cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to tie seven other athletes, including Svir, for 14th in the 26-person field.
Ashley Spear turned in the Lady Horns’ fastest time in the 1600 meters of 6:22.52, but was 11th in the talent-laden Section 2 field.
Spear was also 11th in the 3200 meters in 14:23.55. Teammate Logan Conway ran a 14:42.45 and was 13th among the 25 who entered.
Also for the Lady Horns, Bailey Patterson got off a long jump of 14 feet, 3.75 inches to finish tied for seventh.
In the triple jump, Patterson was 16th at 28 feet, 6.25 inches.
The Lady Horns return to action today, April 2e, at the Safford Invitational and then take a week off before traveling April 29 to the Winslow Invitational.