Lady Horns Come Up A Little Short


Without long-distance running star Jenny Cohen in the lineup, the Lady Longhorns had to settle for a tie for eighth place at the Desert Classic Invitational.

Cohen, the Lady Horns' lone state qualifier at the cross country championships in the fall, was on spring break in Hawaii and could not participate in the season opener March 5 in Queen Creek.


Members of the Longhorn track and field teams spent the first part of the week honing their skills for upcoming competitions. One of the areas of emphasis at Monday afternoon's practice was on the hurdle events. Tiffany Moore is shown practicing her stride over the hurdles.

The team also was without the services of several other athletes who could not compete for a variety of reasons.

"We'll be much better than we were in the Classic," coach Chuck Hardt predicted.

The 31 team points Payson earned tied the Lady Horns with Sedona for eighth in the 21-team field.

Host Queen Creek, led by former Lady Longhorn running sensation Whitney Hardt and her younger sister Kari, captured the team crown with 123 points. With 82.25 points, the Winslow Bulldogs took home the silver medal.

Queen Creek acquired the services of Whitney and Kari in January when the Hardt family moved from Springerville/Eagar to Queen Creek.

The best individual showing the Lady Horns turned in during the Classic occurred in the women's shot put. Kodi Kepp's heave of 34 feet, 7 inches earned her a second place finish behind Queen Creek's Michelle Amete (38 feet, 11 inches).

The Lady Longhorns were shut out in their quest for gold medals.

More results from Queen Creek Finals

Women's 100m Hurdles

2: Tiffany Moore 17th OA 20.09

Women's 4x100m Relay

Payson High School 4th 54.01

Women's 4x800m Relay

Payson High School 3rd 10:51.1

Women's 100m Dash

Amy Buckner 15th 14.24

Women's 200m Dash

3: Tracy Fitzpatrick 19th 29.89

Women's 400m Dash

3: Amy Buckner 19th 1:11.65

4: Lacy Myers 22nd 1:12.86

Women's 800m Run

Lauren Stewart 12th 2:46.20

Becca Easton 14th 2:48.59

Women's 1,600m Run

JoLyn Mendoze 23rd 6:43.56

Alesha Huddlestun NT

Brianna Quinlan NT

Women's 300m Intermediate Hurdles

1: Brittany Owens 9th OA 56.35

2: Krystal McRae 4th OA 51.95

3: Tiffany Moore 6th OA 54.66

Women's High Jump

Melissa McLaws 15th 4' 6"

Tiffany Moore 17th 4'4"

Women's Triple Jump

Kendra Francis 22nd 27'11"

Melissa McLaws ND

Women's Long Jump

Tracy Fitzpatrick 11th 13'5"

Women's Discus Throw

Hillari Hardt 6th 96'8"

  • OA = Overall

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