Lobos Nip Lady Longhorns Track At Home Opener


A pair of gifted relay teams paced the Lady Longhorns to a silver-medal finish at Payson's home-opening five-way track and field meet.

The 4x800 team of Lauren Stewart, Becca Easton, Alesha Huddlestun and Autumn Herrera won the 4x800 relay (10:38). The Flagstaff Eagle runner-up crew trailed the Lady Longhorns by almost a minute.


Lady Longhorn sprinter Amy Buckner helped lead the team to a second-place finish in Payson's track and field home opener March 30. The Lady Horns finished with 96 points. The Snowflake Lobos won the five-way meet with 116 points.

In the 4x100 relay, Amy Buckner, Krystal McRae, Shaleen Holmes and Britney Owens hooked up to win the event in 52.69.

The gold-medal efforts of the two teams helped the Lady Horns post 96 team points and finish second behind Snowflake (116). Sinagua (76) was third, Coconino (30) fourth and Flagstaff (29) trailed. The meet was held March 30 on the Longhorn's year-old all-weather track surface that was touched up with new lane striping.

In addition to the first-place finishes turned in by the relay squads, the team effort received huge boosts from event wins in the shot put, discus and long jump.

In the shot, Kody Kepp unleashed a winning throw of 32 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Hillari Hardt, the daughter of head coach Chuck Hardt, won the discus with a mark of 99 feet, 6 inches.

Britney Owens long jumped 16 feet, 4 1/2 inches to win the event.

"It was her best effort of the season," coach Hardt said.

Also in the long jump, coach Hardt also praised Tracy Fitzpatrick for her continued improvement. The sophomore standout, who is just learning the nuances of the sport, leaped 14 feet, 9 1/2 inches to finish third overall.

The coach also was impressed with the performances of Krystal McRae in the 300-meter hurdles and Stewart in the 800 meters.

McRae finished second only .4 of a second behind a Snowflake hurdler. Her ET of 48.8 "was a fast time for a new hurdler," coach Hardt said. "She keeps improving."

Stewart, only a freshman, had her finest showing of the young season finishing third (2:41.68).

The Lady Horns return to action at 3 p.m. April 8 on the PHS track against the Mogollon Mustangs.

More March 30 meet results

4x800 Relay

1 Payson 10.38

Lauren Stewart, Becca Easton, Alesha Huddlestun, Autumn Herrera

1600 Meters

5 JoLynn Mendoza 6.46

400 Meters

6 Jennie Cohen 1.06.76

11 Hannah Lee 1.16.87

100M Hurdles

2 Krystal McRae 17.03

4x100 Relay

1 Payson 52.69

Amy Buckner, Krystal McRae, Shaleen Holmes, Britney Owens

300M Hurdles

2 Krystal McRae 48.8

4 Tiffany Moore 54.06

100 Meters

5 Amy Buckner 13.64

17 Kendra Francis 15

800 Meters

3 Lauren Stewart 2.41.68

6 Alesha Huddlestun 2.45.78

8 Brianna Quinlan 2.53.68

12 Samantha Elliott 3.11.99

14 Rachel Fanelli 3.13.54

17 Crystal Sprinkle 3.14.33

Long Jump

1 Britney Owens 16' 4.75"

3 Tracy Fitzpatrick 14' 9.5"

11 Lacy Myers 13' 5.75"

Triple Jump

3 Kendra Francis 29'

4 Tracy Fitzpatrick 28' 4.5"

High Jump

4 Tracy Fitzpatrick 4' 6"

5 Tiffany Moore 4'4"

3200 Meters

2 JoLynn Mendoza 15.11

4x400 Relay

4 Payson 4.37

Britney Owens, Shaleen Holmes, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Jennie Cohen

6 Payson 4.45

Tiffany Moore, Autumn Herrera, Lacy Myers, Lauren Stewart

Shot Put

1 Kody Kepp 32' 8.25"

2 Hillari Hardt 29' 11.75"

4 Sarah Christensen 27' 1.75"

5 Megan Miles 26' 11.5"

7 Ivonne Calzadias 24' 9.5"


1 Hillari Hardt 99' 6"

3 Kody Kepp 97'2"

4 Sarah Christensen 87' 3"

5 Megan Miles 79' 6"

6 Ivonne Calzadias 78'

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