Morgan Chilson blistered her personal best 100-meter time of 12.77 running an exceptionally fast 12.57 wind-legal elapsed time on April 6 at the Red Rock Invitational in Sedona.
In addition to being Chilson’s PR, the time is one of the quickest recorded in Division III this season and stamps the Payson senior one of the favorites to win the sprint gold medal at the state championships when they are held May 10 and 11 at Mesa Community College.
Chilson’s lightening quick performances obviously impressed coach Jonathan Ball, who praised his star, “She is really performing at a high level right now.”
Also in the girls 100 meters, Lady Horn Michelle Schatz, a transfer student from California, was second to Chilson, running a 12.96.
The race marked the first time this season the Schatz has broken the magical 13-second barrier.
Equally as impressive as the pair setting new standards, is the fact that the two PHS speedsters were the only runners in the 30-person field clocked in less than 13 seconds.
Also for the Lady Horns at the Red Rock invite, the 4x800 team of Erin Huffman, Mckyla McCrary, Savannah Grassel and Abby Greenleaf were first in 10:27.24. The clocking earns the foursome an automatic bid to state because its bests the D-III qualifying standard of 10:32.
Prep track and field athletes can qualify for state by posting a mark that at season’s end is among the top 24 in the state (top 16 for relay teams) or they can automatically qualify by meeting minimum standards, which is what the 4x800 team accomplished.
In addition to Huffman qualifying for state as a member of the Lady Horn relay team, she nailed down a D-III finals spot by running a qualifying time of 2:30.91 in the 800 meters, in which she was fourth. Huffman was also third inthe 3200 meters in 12:26.14. That, however, is not a state qualifying time.
Nonetheless, Ball is elated with her improvement, “She is really running well right now.”
Also in the 3200 meters, Abby Greenleaf was fourth in 12:43.6, which is not an automatic qualifying time, but “Should be good enough to make it to state,” Ball said.
In the high jump, Danya Svir tied for third with a leap of 5 feet, “For the third consecutive meet,” said Ball.
Svir, a junior, was also second in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.27 and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.12. In the 4x100 relay, she ran the leadoff leg on the second place Lady Horn team that also included Rachel Knauer, Schatz and Chilson. If the foursome can cut their time to nearer 50 seconds flat, they could be state contenders.
The 200 meters turned out to be a heated race that pitted Sedona’s Shayla Jones against Schatz.
At the tape, Schatz nipped the Scorpion speedster for first place running a 27.44. Jones was runner-up just .15 of a second behind.
The Lady Horns return to action tomorrow, April 13 in the Fountain Hills Invitational.