It didn't take Jennie Cohen long to become one of the more accomplished runners in high school cross country competition.
Participating in only the second event of her short prep career, the PHS senior turned in a 40th place finish in the 196-runner field at the Peaks Invitational Meet Sept. 6 at Flagstaff Buffalo park.
Cohen was clocked over the 5K course in a time of 21:37.
The run champion, Keara Sammons of Tempe Desert Vista High School, finished the race in 19:01.7. In winning, Sammons outdueled former Lady Longhorn running sensation Whitney Hardt. Now a student at Round Valley High School, Hardt was timed in 19:05.7. Her younger sister, Kari, finished fourth in 19:20.9.
While attending Rim Country Middle School two years ago, Kari, who also now competes for Round Valley, was the White Mountain League girls 1,600-meter gold medalist.
Payson's Alesha Huddlestun, a sophomore, sped her way to a 80th place showing at Peaks in 22:25.8. Payson's Yani Krehbiel turned in a time of 28:22 that earned her a 211th place finish.
Although Payson had the required five runners to be included in the final team scores, the Lady Horn's fifth entrant, Breanna Quinlan, did not appear in the final individual rankings. Coach Chuck Hardt said he did not know the reasons for the oversight but without five scores, the Lady Horns weren't included in the final team standings.
With two early season meets now in the record books -- the Payson Invitational and Peaks -- the Lady Horns will take a two-week break from competition to train and condition.
The Lady Horns return to the cross country arena Sept. 20 at the Four Corners Invitational at Flagstaff Buffalo Park.
The highlight of the home season, the Sludge to the Judge homecoming run, is slated for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 on Main Street.