Horns Set Personal Records At Valley Meet


Whitney Hardt's twin wins over 5A state cross country champ Sally Myerhoff in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters were highlights of the Chandler Rotary Invitational meet.

Lost in the hoopla were several personal record performances turned in by other Payson athletes.

Among those record-setting feats was a 31-foot 3-inch shot-put by Amy Wilcox and a 53.15 clocking in the 300 meters by Rachelle McGee.

In the girls 400 meters, Michelle Closs turned in a PR of 60.5 in the preliminary rounds to qualify for the finals.

Pitted against some of the best quarter-milers in the state regardless of school size classification, she finished eighth in the finals (1:01).

In the 1,600 meters, Joe Behrens and Dustin Rogers turned in identical times of 4:54 that represented personal bests for both tracksters. Rogers and Behrens then teamed up with Brian Langeliers and Martin Garcia in the 4x800 relay to set a season best of 8:53.

In the 3,200 meters, Tanner Morgan and Langeliers both turned in PRs. Langeliers was clocked in 11:06 and Morgan in 11:17.

While Hardt was outdueling Myerhoff in the 3,200, Leighann Haynes, running in the same race, came up with a personal best of 11:48. In the 4x800 relay, Hayes, Hardt and Closs joined Autumn Herrera to finish second in 9:51.

According to PHS coach Pete Greer, the winning relay team, Phoenix Xavier, won the race in a meet record time.

"Xavier is the only team in the state with a faster time (than the Lady Longhorns)," Greer said.

In the boys pole vault, Alex Cassuto set a personal record clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.

Following the Chandler meet, track team members enjoyed a brief spring break before they return to action April 12 at the 11-team Blue Ridge Invitational.

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