Payson High School freshman speedster Wyatt Chapman stamped himself one of the premier sprinters in the state by winning the 60-yard dash at the Ninth Annual Northland Prep Skydome Classic.
In winning the gold March 5 on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, the speedy Chapman was clocked in 7.19 seconds. The runner-up, Bryce Henderson of Blue Ridge, finished in 7.24.
As unlikely as it sounds, a whopping field of 63 athletes entered the event, which was run in numerous heats.
In addition to winning the short sprint, Chapman was third in the 200 meters (23.37) and seventh in the long jump (18 feet, 5 inches).
The efforts of Chapman and his teammates lifted the Longhorns to a fourth-place finish among 14 teams.
The Horn cause in Flagstaff also received a boost from Payson Bobier who was second in the 400 meters (53.67), fourth in the 200 meters (23.43) and ran the opening leg on the fourth-place finishing 4x400 relay team.
Also on the foursome that finished in 3:17.74 were Trevor Clawson, Michael Anderson and Logan Morris.
In the long jump, Morris leaped 18 feet, 5.15 inches to take sixth among 48 entrants.
Jared Varner contributed points to the Horn effort by taking ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 3.75 inches.
In the shot put, R.J. Cox-Robinson, a running back on the PHS football team, threw 40 feet, 4.25 inches to take sixth overall.
Trevor Clawson ran to ninth in the 60-meter dash in a respectable 7.46, just .01 second behind the eighth-place finisher.
In the pole vault, traditionally one of Payson High’s stronger events, the Longhorns struggled with only Shannon Kohl finishing in the top 10. Kohl cleared 10 feet, 6.25 inches to take ninth.
The Horns will not return to action until March 15 at the Round Valley High School Invitational in Springerville. The Freshman-Sophomore Payson Invitational originally scheduled for March 9 was postponed due to the snowstorm that struck the Rim Country.
It will be made up on April 3 as a side meet along with the Chuck Hardt Coed Relays.