The Payson Freshman-Sophomore Invitational track and field meet gave younger, fledgling athletes the opportunity to compete without having to go toe-to-toe against older, veteran juniors and seniors.
In the meet format, freshmen competed against fellow freshmen and sophomores were pitted against other sophomores.
A field of eight Division III schools and two from Division II competed in the shoot-out held March 10 on Longhorn track.
Among the PHS freshmen who competed, Erin Huffman was a long distance workhorse taking second in the 3200, third in the 1600 and fourth in the 800 meters.
Sprinter Trevor Clawson was fifth in the 100 meters and first in the 200.
Trevor Anderson sped his way to a gold medal in the 400 meters turning in a commendable 57.07 clocking. His nearest competitor, Kevin Alvarez of Sedona, was a full second behind.
Sara Borges was first in the 100-meter hurdles nipping teammate Karen Williams who was second. Williams was also the silver medalist in the 300-meter hurdles. Also in the event, Alix Parker took third.
Jaymi Chilson was sixth in the 200 meters.
Chilson and Anderson are the children of two former PHS track and field stars.
In the mid 1980s, Ty Chilson was a state sprint champion and Eric Anderson, now a local dentist, was one of the finest 800-meter runners in the state.
Among the sophomores, Sage Pierce dominated the long distance events winning both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.
Janelle Hauptman was second in the high jump and third in the pole vault.
Bailey Patterson, who does well as a varsity competitor, won the long jump and was second in the 400 meters.
No team scores were kept.
Next up for the tracksters is the Chandler Invitational that begins today, March 23, and wraps up tomorrow at Chandler High School.
The team’s next home appearance is April 3 at the Chuck Hardt Coed Invitational.