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Chuck Bisbee of Fruita Monument pulls away from the field Friday to win the boys 1,600 meters during the Phil Wertman Invitational. Bisbee cut seven seconds off his best time in the event

Friday night highlight

Payne breaks meet record in 200 meters

When Jill Payne said she likes running at night under the lights, she meant she really, really likes running at night under the lights.
The Grand Junction sophomore posted the 200-meter dash time to prove it Friday night at Stocker Stadium.
Blazing to a win in 25.43 seconds, Payne broke her personal record by more than half a second. Better yet, she broke the school record and ran the fastest time ever in the girls 200 at the Phil Wertman Invitational track and field meet.
Payne broke the 22-year-old meet record of 25.72, and Tigers coach Sean Henry said the school mark was 25.5.
“I run better at night,” Payne said. “I love the night races. Yeah, that was the best race I ever ran.”
Payne has emerged this season as the premier girls sprinter in the valley, winning most of her races as long as Moffat County’s Kayla Pinnt, the Class 3A state runner-up in the 100 and 200 last year, isn’t in the field. Pinnt was on hand Friday and won the 100-meter dash. But she didn’t run the 200.
That was disappointing for Payne, who likes the competition, but even without Pinnt to push her, she was determined to run a personal-record time Friday, and she felt it coming.
“That was always my goal, to get under 25.5, and I felt really, really good tonight,” Payne said. “I just had so much energy before this race. I just wanted to give it my all.”

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