Lady Horns Struggle


Hillary Hardt's first-place finish in the discus event was the lone gold medal the Lady Longhorns earned in a four-way meet April 2 on the PHS track.

Hardt, PHS track coach Chuck Hardt's daughter, won the event with a throw of 99 feet 7 inches. Her nearest competitor, a Round Valley athlete, trailed with a heave that was more than six feet shy of Hardt's effort.

The lack of first-place team points put the crimp on any chances the Lady Horns had of posting a victory.

Powerful Snowflake, which is projected to battle for regional and 3A state championships, took top honors with 92 points.

With 79 points, Round Valley finished as meet runner-up.

Payson posted 41 points and Blue Ridge tallied 28.

Many of Round Valley's points were chalked up by former Rim country sports stars Whitney Hardt, Kari Hardt and Brooke Bennett.

After spending their formative years in Payson, the trio moved with their families last year to Springerville/Eagar.

The demise of the Lady Horns in the meet also could be partially attributed to the failure to produce points in the long jump, triple jump, pole vault and 200 meters.

With a trio of top-five finishers in the shot put, the event appears to be a strong point for the struggling Lady Horns.

More results

Sinagua 79 -- Payson 58

100 Hurdles: 2nd, Brittany Owens, 18.6

1600 meters: 2nd, Autumn Herrera, 6:11; 3rd, Alysha Huddlestun, 6:21

400 meters: 2nd, Becca Easton, 1:09.4

300 Hurdles: 2nd, Haylee Huff, 51.1

800 meters: 2nd, Megan Miles, 3:05

200 meters: 2nd, Denise Nottingham, 31.1

3200 meters: 2nd, Kendra Francis, 16:09

4x400 Relay: 1st, Payson, 4:40

High Jump: 2nd, Haylee Huff, 4'6"

Pole Vault: 3rd, Denise Nottingham, 6'

Shot Put: 1st, Kody Kepp, 33'2.5"; 2nd, Hillari Hardt, 32'8.5"; 3rd, Kari Flake, 29'5"

Discus: 1st, Hillari Hardt, 99'10"; 2nd, Kari Flake, 89'9"

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