Morgan Chilson will have to wait another year, possibly two, before she can stake claim to a “state,” or Division III sprinting championship.
Only a sophomore at Payson High, Chilson — who’s father Ty was a state sprint champion in 1987 — came up short of winning the 100 meters at the D-III championship held May 14 at Mesa Community College.
There, she was one of nine sprinters to qualify for the event finals and raced to a sixth-place finish in 13.28.
She entered the meet with a PR of 12.96 and in the preliminaries ran 13.06.
The good news for Chilson is that most of those who finished ahead of her are older, upperclassmen and will graduate in the next two years.
Also, Chilson is one of the state’s up and coming young sprinters who, when she improves her start and gains experience and maturity, has the potential to become one of Arizona’s best in both the 100 and 200 meters.
In the 200 meters at MCC, Chilson was seventh in the star-studded field of finalists.
Her finals’ time of 27.09 was a tad slower than her preliminary clocking of 26.69.
She entered the D-III championships with a PR of 27.08.
Chilson also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay team, along with Bailey Patterson, Katelyn Cordell and Jaymi Carlen, that ran to an eighth-place finish among 20 qualifiers.
The Payson team’s time of 4:20.24 easily bested their PR of 4:24.60 and was about 10 seconds off the pace of the winning Higley foursome.
Cordell also competed in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing 11th in a personal best time of 50.63. Her previous PR was 51.29.
In the pole vault at the D-III meet, Lady Longhorn Janelle Hauptman finished 12th among 24 qualifiers with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches. The vault was three inches less than her PR this season.
In the 800-meter finals, Lydia Galster ran to a 10th place finish covering the two laps around the MCC track in 2:27.95. She entered the finals with a personal best of 2:28.03.
As a team at MCC, the Lady Horns earned 6 points to finish 25th of 33 teams.
With 72 points, Higley won the D-III championship.