Depth Saves Lady Longhorns At Phoenix Christian

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Autumn Herrera just might be the shining light for the Lady Longhorn track and field team.

At the Phoenix Christian Invitational March 15 at Phoenix College, Herrera emerged as the team's lone gold-medal winner. With a clocking of 5:55.2, she won the 1,600 meters.

Although she was the only first-place finisher, the Lady Horn roster did sport enough depth to earn the team a third-place finish in the 15-team field.

Payson's 88.5 points trailed the tallies of champion Queen Creek (126) and runner-up Chino Valley (93). With 73 points, Scottsdale Christian was fourth.

The third-place showing at the meet could mean the Lady Horns will struggle this year under the loss of several standouts who graduated last spring. The team also lost running star Whitney Hardt, whose family moved to Eagar/Springerville last summer.

One of the upsets of the invitational occurred when the Lady Horns defending state champion 4x800 relay team was defeated by Chino Valley. The Payson foursome, however, has only one member who was a part of the state championship team.

More Payson results

100 Meters

8th, Tianna Golliglee, 14.0.

400 Meters

4th, Shay McGee, 66.6.

800 Meters

4th, Autumn Herrera, 2.46.5; 5th, Alysha Huddleston, 2.48.2; 8th, Brianna Quinlan, 2.51.3.

1,600 Meters

Alysha Huddleston, 6.09.6; 8th, Brianna Quinlan, 6.26.4.

3,200 Meters

3rd, Megan Miles, 14.06.3; 5th, Kendra Francis, 14.31.4; 8th, Whitney Heizer, 16.03.

100 Hurdles

7th, Brittany Owens, NT.

300 Hurdles

2nd, Haylee Huff, 51.3; 5th, Brittany Owens, 55.4; 7th, Becca Easton, 58.7.

High Jump

Tie for 4th, Haylee Huff, 4'8".

Discus

2nd, Hillari Hardt, 96'1".

4x100 Relay

4th, Tianna Golliglee, Brittany Owens, Haylee Huff and Shaleen Holmes, 54.0.

4x400 Relay

3rd, Shay McGee, Tianna Golliglee, Haylee Huff and Shaleen Holmes, 4.39.

4x800 Relay

2nd, Alysha Huddleston, Megan Miles, Brianna Quinlan and Autumn Herrera, 11.11.2.

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