Former Lady Horn At Ncaa Finals In Louisiana


The June 1 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World of Kansas listed the results of the NCAA track and field championships held at Louisiana State University's Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.

A name very familiar to Rim country sports fans appeared in the girls' discus results.

Former Lady Longhorn track and field star Julie Gunzel is listed as finishing 16th with a throw of 158 feet 8 inches.

Gunzel competes for Colorado State University.

After graduating from Payson High School in 1997, Gunzel received a track and field scholarship to CSU.

A little Hardt

Local sports enthusiasts are very aware of the athletic exploits of local running sensation Whitney Hardt.

What some might not know is there is another Hardt on the way up who might rival her older sister.

Kari Hardt, 13, recently won the Girls Youth (13- to 14-year-olds) Junior Olympic Arizona State Championship in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs.

Competing as a member of the Arizona Cheetahs amateur track team, she also ran a leg on the state championship 4x800 relay team.

The state championship victories qualified Kari for the Junior Olympic Region 10 championships July 11 and 12 in El Paso, Texas.

A victory there would propel her into the national championships later this summer.

Kari's winning times in the state championships of 5:10 in the 1,500 and 11:00 in the 3,000 made her a legitimate threat to reach the national finals.

Kari graduated from Rim Country Middle School last month.

Yet another Hardt, 11-year-old Sherod, finished second in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the state championships.

Courting players

Rim country tennis buffs will soon have the opportunity to take to the court with local teaching pro Diane Jackson and two professionals representing Head/Penn Racquet Sports.

From 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., July 20, at Rumsey Park, Jackson and the pros will host the tennis session that will be free of charge to the first 24 players to sign up.

According to Jackson, 12 have already registered.

The pros will offer playing tips and also have a full line of state-of-the-art equipment on hand for participants to try out.

The session, Jackson said, will be a great opportunity to receive free instruction from veteran players.

To register, call Jackson at 474-0583.

Swim team debuts

The Town of Payson youth swim team will be in action tomorrow (Saturday, June 15) at Taylor Pool against Arizona Sports Ranch.

The meet splashes off at about 8 a.m. and will continue until noon.

The youngsters compete against one another in four basic strokes freestyle, butterfly, breast and back as well as on relay teams.

There is no admission and spectators are welcome.

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