'Best Track Meet in Arizona'
It's an old meet with young legs, spirit and heart.
This year is the 72nd running of the Chandler Rotary Invitational, a high school track and field meet held
at Chandler (Ariz.) High School. It began in 1941 in Wickenburg, Arizona. Eight schools
participated, including Chandler High School. In 1943, the meet was moved to Chandler High
School due to travel problems and gas rationing during World War II. Originally relays-only,
the meet now includes the full range of events over 2 days -- an Open meet on Friday and a
seeded meet on Saturday. This year, there were more than 3,000 athletes from 105 schools
from Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Idaho and Canada.
Chandler was founded by Dr. Alexander John chandler, the first veterinary surgeon in the
then Arizona Territory. In 1912 the townsite office opened and Chandler High School was
The football stands were full with a crowd of excited and antimated parents, family, friends
in the stands and on the side. As far as the Chandler Rotary is concerned, the banner says
Prizes were awarded to the top five in an unusual system. Prizes included a watch,
backpack, shoe bag, and two other type of bags. The first place winner picked first,
followed by the remaining four in order. An athlete not making it to the award ceremony got
the unclaimed prize. And, the lady winners received flowers.
There were many impressive results. But four were singled out as Most Valuable
And Chandler High won both the boys and girls team trophies.