The powerful Lady Longhorn track and field team returns to Lakeside Friday as overwhelming favorites to run away with the Blue Ridge Invitational championship.
The Horns stamped themselves as the frontrunners for the BR title and probably an East region championship at season's end by easily winning a five-way meet held April 5 in Lakeside.
The East teams in attendance -- Show Low, Round Valley and host Blue Ridge, along with 2A Heber Mogollon -- were simply no match for the defending state champion Lady Horns who racked up an impressive 98 team points.
With 47.5 points, Round Valley finished a distant second. Blue Ridge (47) was third, Heber Mogollon fourth (38.5) and Show Low (37) fifth.
In winning the meet crown, the Lady Horns were fueled by the efforts of a pair of veteran athletes who played prominent roles in last season's run to the state championship -- senior Katie Langeliers and junior Rheanna Martinez.
Langeliers won the 400 meters (1:06.25) and ran the first leg on both the gold-medal winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Martinez won gold medals in the 200 meters (26.4), long jump (17 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and the triple jump (35 feet, 8 inches).
1st, Amy David, Michelle Closs, Brooke Bennett, Leighanne Haynes, 10:38.7
2nd, Shalynn McGee, 18.22
3rd, Lily Florez, 6:21
1st, Katie Langeliers, April Check, Brianna Marshall, Rheanna Martinez, 52.65
2nd Shalynn McGee, 52.09
1st, Leighanne Haynes, 2:35; 2nd, Michelle Closs, 2:39; 3rd, Shaina Vaught, 2:42
3rd Brianna Marshall, 27.8
3rd, Lily Florez, 14:10; 4th, Mary Mendoza, 14:18; 5th, Stephanie Ray, 14:22
1st, Katie Langeliers, Shalynn McGee, Brianna Marshall, Leighanne Haynes, 4:28
5th, April Cheek, 7-6
1st, Kaitlin Wilkins, 32-10; 3rd, Jocie Gressley, 31-2-1/2; 4th, Sundae Shill, 30-8
1st, Sarah Hummer, 104-7; 2nd, Kaitlin Wilkins, 96-9; 3rd, Sundae Shill, 96