It has been decades since the Payson High School track program has had a one-two sprinting punch the likes of senior Payson Bobier and freshman Wyatt Chapman.
Together, the two dominated the short-distance running events at the 14-team Round Valley Invitational held March 15 in the Round Valley High School dome in Eagar.
Chapman ran his way to a first-place finish in the 100 meter finals in 11.22 seconds. In winning, he bested a field of eight junior and senior qualifiers.
While the frosh was heating up the RVHS indoor track, Bobier was dominating the 200- and 400-meter sprints.
His winning time in the 200 of 23.49 was .53 of a second faster than runner-up Bryce Henderson of Blue Ridge.
In the 400 finals, Bobier simply blew away the entire field, turning in an ET of 53.88. Silver medalist Alex Vega of Round Valley was clocked in 56.00.
Bobier and Chapman also teamed with Trevor Clawson and Noel Struning to finish seventh (48.71) in the 4x100 relay.
In the long jump, Chapman got off a leap of 20 feet, 2 inches to finish second. Former Payson High School student Chase Walden, now a senior at Snowflake, was first with just seven inches in front of the Longhorn rookie.
Also in the event, Logan Morris was fifth with a jump of 19 feet, 5.50 inches.
In addition to Struning competing on the 4x100 team, he was fourth in the 100 meters (11.63) and sixth in the 200 (24.48).
The 4x800 relay team of Michael Anderson, Brigham Flake, Bill McCrary and Tanner Savage contributed sixth-place points to the team cause, finishing in 3:37.74. — about 19 seconds off the winning pace of St. Johns.
R.J. Cox-Robinson threw the shot an even 40 feet to take eighth among a field of 30 competitors.
Walden won the event going away with a toss of 51 feet.
Robinson was also 11th in the discus (98 feet).
As a team, the Horns finished sixth with 56.2 points. Snowflake excelled scoring 136.5 points to take first. With 77 points, Blue Ridge was second.
The Longhorns return to action tomorrow, March 20 at the Sedona High Friendship junior varsity and varsity meet in Sedona.