Does former Payson High track coach Dan Reid, a member of the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, have the magic elixir that could help the boys and girls team reap state honors in the D-III finals that play out May 10-11 at Mesa College?
If you ask Payson High School coach Johnathan Ball, Reid does have such a formula which he calls “Super Dawg.”
“We had a workout a week-and-a-half ago that gave us a mental edge,” Ball said. “It was called the Super Dawg and 56 of our athletes attempted the workout and 53 completed it.
“The kids were really intense and really focused as well as tired by the end of the practice.
“Now, the workouts have really paid off as we are running some really impressive times.”
The Super Dawg does have its pitfalls, however.
“We had athletes throwing up left and right,” said Ball. “The fastest sprinter in D-III, Morgan Chilson, got thrown up on by a freshman boy.”
Among the positive results the Super Dawg has produced is the Longhorn boys 4x400 relay win over a Show Low foursome PHS hadn’t beaten in several seasons.
Payson Bobier, Trevor Clawson, Michael Anderson and Logan Morris were on the team.
“It was an epic battle, but the team came up big,” said Ball.
Ball attributes the the Super Dawg workouts to the success both the boys and girls 4x100 relay teams had setting school records during the regular season.
Wyatt Chapman, Noel Struning, Bobier and Clawson were on the boys team while Emily Lofano-Masse, Rachel Knauer, Michelle Schatz and Chilson made up the girls record-setting foursome.
Reid, who coached PHS to two state championships and was the founder of the Payson Pacers club team, adopted the name Super Dawg for the strenuous workout after seeing it at a hot dog stand in Chicago.