Speedster Morgan Chilson stamped herself one of Division III’s best sprinters when she ran to a 100-meters third-place finish at the prestigious Desert Classic Invitational. The invitational drew some of the state’s finest prep athletes to Queen Creek.
A field of 40 sprinters entered the 100-meter dash, but only the quickest nine, including Chilson, made it to the spirited finals.
In those, Chilson turned in her best time of the meet, 13.22, to win the bronze medal.
Darreyl Woodson of Higley was first in 12.76 and Gilbert’s Kelli Suesue was second in 12.86.
Chilson also ran to a finals berth in the 200 meters that drew 45 sprinters.
The Payson High junior eventually was eighth in 27.67.
In addition to Chilson competing in the 100 and 200 events, she ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay team that was eighth in 54.85.
Janelle Hauptman, Jayme Chilson and Jaymi Carlen were also on the relay team.
In the 400 meters, Lady Longhorn Bailey Patterson medaled with an eighth-place finish among 39 entrants. She was clocked in a very respectable 1:06.00. Erin Huffman was 14th among 41 in the rugged 800 meters. Her time of 2:40 was about five seconds behind event champion Alysonne Coleman of Desert Ridge.
Also for the Lady Horns, McKyla McCrary was ninth in the 3200 (14:04.25) and Beth Sprinkle took 13th in the 100-meter hurdles (18.75).
As a team, the Lady Horns finished ninth in the 17-school field.
The boys team was 13th in the 18-school contingent.
Among the best efforts by the Longhorns was a sixth-place finish turned in by the 4x400 relay team of Payson Bobier, Logan Morris, Jamie Waddington and Keith Williams.
In the pole vault, Williams cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to finish fourth behind a trio of Basha High School vaulters.