A score sheet of 112.5 points earned the Lady Longhorns a third place finish at the East regional track and field championships meet May 9 and 10 at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside.
Powerful Round Valley, fueled by a foursome of former Payson High School athletes, easily captured the East title with 211 points. Snowflake's tally of 157 earned the Lobos a runner-up spot. Trailing Payson in the standings were Blue Ridge, 86.5; Show Low, 31; Estrella Foothills, 31; and Alchesay, 13.
The top-four finishers in each of the individual events at the regional meet earned a berth in the state championships to be held May 16 and 17 and Queen Creek High School.
Athletes who met minimum standards at selected regular season meets will be awarded "outside qualifying" berths into the state tournament.
Among the Lady Longhorn representatives at state by virtue of top-four region finishes are Hillari Hardt, shot put; Kari Flake, discus; Jennie Cohen, 880, 1600 and 3200 meters; Shay McGee, 110 hurdles; Brittney Owens, 100 meters.
Also qualifying were the 4x400, 4x800 and 4x100 Lady Longhorn relay teams.
In qualifying for state, Cohen found herself pitted in all three distance events against a trio of former Lady Longhorns. In the 800, Whitney Hardt was first, Brooke Bennett second and Kari Hardt third. Cohen qualified fourth. The 1600 saw Whitney take first, Kari run to second and Bennett cop third. Once again, Cohen was fourth. Cohen was third in the 3200 meters behind Kari Hardt and Brooke Bennett.
The other former Lady Longhorn on the Elk team, Shelby Bennett, was first in the discus and third in the shot put.
More 3A East results
(Top four to State)
Shot put: 4th, Hillari Hardt, 31-7; 5th, Kari Flake, 30-6 1/2
Discus: 4th, Kari Flake, 100-5
Triple Jump: 7th, Kendra Francis, 30-1/2
Long Jump: 7th, Brittney Owens, 14-4
High Jump: 7th, Tianna Golliglee, 4-6; 8th, Shay McGee, 4-6
Pole Vault: 5th, Haylee Huff, 6-6
3200m Run: 3rd, Jennie Cohen, 13.03.00; 5th, Alesha Huddlestun, 13.42.20; 7th, Autumn Herrera, 13.52.80
4x800m: 2nd, Payson, 10.43.0
110m High Hurdles: 2nd, Shay McGee, 17.449
100m Dash: 2nd, Brittney Owens,13.501
1600m Run: 4th, Jennie Cohen, 05:46.70; 5th, Autumn Herrera, 06:10.40; 8th, Alesha Huddlestun, 06:18.60
4x100m: 1st, Payson, 53.015
400m Dash: 7th, Ashley Geske, 01:11.083
300m Intermediate Hurdles: 5th, Haylee Huff, 50.039; 6th, Shay McGee, 52.008
800m Run: 4th, Jennie Cohen, 02:36.35; 5th, Autumn Herrera, 02.43: 24; 8th, Rebecca Easton, 02.51.51
200m Dash: 6th, Amy Buckner, 29.216; 7th, Tianna Golliglee, 29.930
4x400m: 3rd, Payson, 04.34.053
Winslow Invitational results, May 3
100 Meter Dash, Finals: Brittney Owens, 14.05
400 Meter Dash, Preliminaries: Shaleen Holmes, 1:06.69; Ashley Geske, 1:14.45
800 Meter Run, Finals: Jenny Cohen, 2:31.93; Rebecca Easton, 2:48.12
1600 Meter Run, Finals: Jenny Cohen, 5:31.78; Autumn Herrera, 5:42.92; Alesha Huddlestun, 6:18.54
100 Meter Hurdles, Preliminaries: Shay McGee, 17.82q
100 Meter Hurdles, Finals: Shay McGee, 17.60
300 Meter Hurdles, Preliminaries: Haylee Huff, 52.98q; Shay McGee, 53.37q
300 Meter Hurdles, Finals: Haylee Huff, 51.27; Shay McGee, 52.92
4x100 Meter Relay, Finals: Payson High School, 53.70
4x400 Meter Relay, Finals: Payson High School, 4:24.19
4x800 Meter Relay, Preliminaries: Payson High School, 10.36.74q
4x800 Meter Relay, Finals, 10:36.74
Pole Vault, Finals: Haylee Huff, J7
Long Jump, Preliminaries: Brittney Owens, 14-11 1/2q
Long Jump, Finals: Brittney Owens, 14-11 1/2
Triple Jump, Preliminaries: Kendra Francis, 29-1 1/2
Shot put, Finals: Hilari Hardt, 30-3 1/2
Discus Throw, Preliminaries: Hilari Hardt, 101-2 1/2q; Sarah Christensen, 74-9; Megan Miles, 57-6 3/4
Discus Throw, Finals: Hilari Hardt, 101-2 1/2
Women - Team Rankings: 18 Events Scored, 5) Payson High School - 50