PHS Indoor Track: State Champions

By Brigham Flint

It was the goal of the Payson track team to win a state championship by the year 2020. They proceeded to do just that earlier this month. On February 1-2, they made the trek up to the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City to compete against other Utah schools for a shot at the state title.

            Of the thirteen 3A teams competing at the meet, Payson won by a landslide, amassing 103 total points. Second place had only 68. Dalyn Lowe won the triple jump and Joe Nettleton was the leader in the shot put. The boy’s 4x200-meter and both the girls and boys 4x400-meter relay teams were also victorious in their events. Other medalists included Trevor Golding, Dakota Lange, Gunnar Mortensen, and the girl’s 4x200-meter team.

            “We all ran our races and did really well,” said hurdler and relay runner Jake Makin. “We have worked hard and just had a lot of good athletes.”

            On February 8, some of Payson’s runners again competed at the Olympic Oval in the Distance Challenge, a meet specifically for longer distance events. They ran exceptionally well and set a lot of personal records.

            Payson also competed in the Simplot Games, the national indoor championships, held at Pocatello, Idaho on February 14-16.

            Payson’s track team also held a Heptathlon, a competition with a variety of events, to determine the best overall athletes on the team. Andrew O’Malley and Allyse Thomas were the winners.