Running for Fun!

Written by Rachel Holt

Payson Junior High School focuses on excellence in all areas: personal, academic, and physical. As part of the annual Red Ribbon week, students and staff show their commitment to physical fitness by participating in a Fun Run. This year’s run took place on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 with 318 participants finishing the 2 mile race.

During Red Ribbon Week, schools focus on the importance of being drug free. The Grizzlies emphasized to students that they have greater opportunities and positive lifestyles when they stay away from drugs. This run is just one example of making good choices.

J.O. Braithewaite, teacher at Payson who organizes the run explained, “This has been a tradition at Payson Junior for 17 years. This year we had more teachers run than ever before, 18 in total. The weather was great and I am proud of all of the runners being brave enough to compete and have fun with our school community.”

The top ten finishers for each grade and gender were awarded t-shirts- a prize that all students get very competitive about! Those winners were as follows:

9th Grade Boys: 1st place-Tyler Manokin (11:21), Ivan Webber, Carson McNaughton, Kellis Johnson, Garrett Pullan, Micheal Rowley, Coleman Tanner, Justin Sauceda, Jose Sandoval, and Jace Jones. 9th Grade Girls: 1st place- Amanda Rowley (14:32), Sierra BBoulton, Lucy Hales, Necia Torres, Aubrey Carol, Perla Barreda, Keisha Palmer, Taylor Olsen, Morgan Chapuls, and Shayla Draper.

8th Grade Boys: 1st place- Matthew Vanmoos (11:47), Ryden Anderson, Levi John, Brandon Harris, Brendon Earl, Cody Ostler, Brock Bulkley, Wyatt Elmer, Clayton Peterson, and Chris Turner. 8th Grade Girls: 1st- Claire Rowley, Kobey Evans, Emily Rowley, Megan Hall, Abbie Jensen, Madison Mittleman, Rylie Norman, Mariah Webber, Jana Worthington, and Madison Houston.

7th Grade Boys: 1st Cole Peterson (11:49), Gideon Argyle, Kade Rowley, Zeke Mangum, Aiden Balzy, Logan Sorenson, Tregan Palmer, Raul Cisneros, William Wooten, and McClaine Nielson. 7th Grade Girls: 1st- Sara Wiberg (14:59), Ruby Baird, Kari Evans, Emily W, Katlyn Johnson, Brinn Loveless, Casandra Jon, Maddie Mitchell, Lexi Vorever, and Michelle Garcia.

Thanks to everyone who participated to make this a wonderful event!