Payson High School freshman track and field standout Wyatt Chapman accepted an invitational challenge that most prep rookies would simply walk away from saying, “no thanks.”
But Chapman eagerly accepted the invitation to compete in the Meet of Champions knowing he would be going toe-to-toe against some of the state’s finest athletes, most of whom would be juniors and seniors with much more experience and athletic maturity than he.
Shrugging off his youth and inexperience, Chapman sprinted his way to a highly commendable sixth-place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.10.
Four of the five who finished ahead of Chapman were seniors from Division I so-called “big schools.” The other was a junior from a D-II school.
Chapman also teamed up with Trevor Clawson, Noel Struning and Payson Bobier to finish fifth in the 4x100 relay (43.56).
The 4x400 relay team of Logan Morris, Michael Anderson, Clawson and Bobier was fifth in 3:29.68.
In the high jump, Morris cleared 6 feet to finish sixth overall.
Kyle Brown, a PHS football standout last fall, threw the discus 123 feet, 4 inches to take 12th.
The Meet of Champions marks the culmination of the 2013 season in which the Longhorns finished 11th in the 31-team Division III state field.