The Payson Rotary Frosh-Soph Invitational track and field meet represents a rare opportunity for fledgling athletes to showcase their skills against opponents of similar age, maturity level and experience.
Each year in the meet, there are those athletes who take full advantage of the opportunity by winning medals and setting new records.
Such was the case with Payson High School sophomore sprinter Morgan Chilson, who won the sophomore 100- and 200-meter dashes.
The young speedster was clocked in a very fast 13.40 in the 100 meters and 28.04 in the 200 meters.
In the 100, her time was 1.31 seconds faster than runner-up Taylor Valichnac of Blue Ridge.
In the 200, she was almost a full second quicker than silver medalist Megan Hart of Round Valley.
She also ran a leg on the girls 4x100 mixed relay that ran to the gold in 54.00.
Freshman Bailey Patterson turned in a meet to write home about, winning the girls long jump (14 feet, 8 inches) and taking second in the triple jump (29 feet) and fourth in the 100-meter dash (14.65)
Katelyn Cordell was another of the PHS athletes to shine, winning the sophomore 300-meter hurdles in 52.81 and finishing fourth in the girls shot put with a throw of 21 feet, 4 inches. She was also fourth in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 8 inches.
Logan Conway, a member of the Lady Longhorn cross country team in the fall, was first in the freshman girls 1600-meter run in 6:18.70.
Ashley Spear showed well, taking third in both the sophomore girls 800 meters (3:01.20) and 1600 meters (7:11.13)
The freshman high jump duo of Danya Svir and Janelle Hauptman finished 2-3 in the high jump.
Svir cleared 4 feet, 8 inches and Hauptman went 4 feet, 6 inches.
Hauptman also got off a nice pole vault of 7 feet to win the event title.
Lanie O’Donnell threw 22 feet, 10.5 inches to finish second in the freshman shot put and Alix Parker was fourth with a heave of 20 feet, 10 inches.
Parker and O’Donnell also finished 2-3 in the discus with throws of 59 feet and 53 feet, 8 inches respectively.
Marcy Ward sped to a silver medal showing in the sophomore 400 meters in 1:15.66.
The tracksters return to action, but this time against varsity team members, today, March 18, in the Round Valley Indoor Dome meet in Eagar.