Payson High speedsters Morgan Chilson and Michelle Schatz are rapidly becoming the finest one-two punch in Division III track and field.
Evidence the two are that good first emerged March 2 in Queen Creek where they dominated the 100 meters.
Further proof they have the speed to dominate prep sprints surfaced March 5 at the Ninth Annual Northland Prep Skydome Classic at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. There, Chilson ran to a first-place finish in the 60 meters in 8.11 and Schatz, who moved to Payson last year from California, was third in 8.38, just .01 of a second behind runner-up Delaney Scanlon of Mingus.
In the 200 meters, Chilson was second in 27.63, just .18 of a second off the winning pace of Victoria Ignacio of Flagstaff Coconino.
Schatz took third in 27.73.
In the 4x400 meter relay, Chilson and Schatz teamed with Rachel Knauer and Savannah Grassel to take second in 4:31.02.
Chilson also competed in the long jump, giving her the maximum four events, taking 15th among 48 entrants with a mark of 13 feet, 1.5 inches.
With Chilson and Schatz blazing the way, the Lady Longhorns took third in the meet with 44 team points. Sedona (71) was first and Mingus (56) second.
Also in the PHS effort at NAU, Erin Huffman was fifth in the 3200 meters (13.11.50) and 14th in the 1600 meters (6:24.62); Danya Svir ninth in the high jump (4 feet, 9.25 inches); Knauer ninth in the 60 meters (8.69) and eighth in the 200 meters (28.56).
With Chilson, Schatz and Knauer finishing in the top eight in the three sprint events, the Lady Longhorns have in the arsenal a sprinting core with enough firepower to fuel the team’s drive to reach the state finals.
Next up for the Lady Horns is a visit March 15 to Eagar-Springerville where the team will compete in the Round Valley High Invitational.