Flexing their collective track and field muscle to the tune of 174 points, the Lady Longhorns easily captured the championship of the Canyon State Invitational.
The girls' stiffest competition in the 19-team field came from Valley Christian, but even that school was a distant second with 93 1/2 points.
Contested March 2 on the campus of Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek formerly Arizona Boys Ranch the invitational was the second meet of the young season for the defending state champion Lady Horns.
The team made its 2001 debut Feb. 28 at a three-way meet on the campus of newly built Chandler Hamilton High School.
There, the Payson girls ran and jumped their way to a second-place finish behind champion Red Mountain.
The Mountain Lions finished with 71 points, Payson racked up 57.5 and Hamilton compiled 38.5.
One of the best efforts turned in by the Payson squad came from the 4x800 relay team of Whitney Hardt, Amy Davis, Brooke Bennett and Michelle Closs. The foursome ran their way to the gold in a commendable 10:16.32.
Other PHS gold medalists included Briauna Marshall (300 hurdles; 51.04), Reanna Martinez (long jump; 16 feet, 4 inches, triple jump; 33 feet, 10 inches and 100 meters; 12.85), Whitney Hardt (1,600 meters; 5:30.87) and Leighann Haynes (800 meters; 2:33).
At the Canyon State Invitational, the one-two punch of Martinez and Hardt paced the Lady Horns to the victory.
Martinez won the 100 meters (12.9), long jump (17 feet, 10 inches) and triple jump (35 feet, 2 inches).
Hardt ran her way to gold medals in the 800 (2:30.68), 1600 (5:32.2) and 3,200 meter (12:27.2) runs.
Other PHS gold medalists included Marshall (300 hurdles; 51.14) and Jocie Gressley (shot put; 33 feet, 9 inches).
Other results from recent Longhorn track events are listed below.
Jocie Gressley, 3rd, 30-71/2; Kaitlin Wilkens, 4th, 29-9 1/2.
Lily Flores, 3rd, 6:12.
300 Meter Hurdles
Briauna Marshall, 1st, 51.04; Shalynn McGee, 2nd, 52.53; Rachelle McGee, 4th, 55.94.
Briauna Marshall, 2nd, Samantha Ellsworth, Leighanne Haynes, Michelle Closs, 4:22.84.
100 Meter Hurdles
Samantha Ellsworth, 2nd 17.2; Shalynn McGee, 3rd, 18.9.
Shalynn McGee, 2nd, Samantha Ellsworth, Briauna Marshall, Reanna Martinez: 54.7.
Amy Davis, 2nd, 7-6
Wes Sprinkle, 4th, 2:22.21.
Samantha Ellsworth, 4th, 17.8.
Michelle Closs, 6th, 6:58.2; Lily Flores, 7th, 6.09.5.
Michelle Closs, 4th, 65.77; Jenny Cohen, 8th, 69.94.
300 Meter Hurdles
Shalynn McGee, 3rd, 51.45; Samantha Ellsworth, 4th, 51.92.
Brooke Bennett, 2nd, 2:31.99; Leighanne Haynes, 3rd, 2:32.9.
Lily Flores, 6th, 13:30.8.
April Cheek, 6th, 7-0; Amy Davis, 7th, 7-0.
Kaitlin Wilkins, 2nd, 97-7; Hillari Hardt, 5th, 90-0; Sarah Hummer, 6th, 86-9.
Kaitlin Wilkins, 4th, 31-3 1/4.
Reanna Martinez, 1st, 17-10.