Look For State-Class Track In Home Opener


Those who attend today's (Tuesday) track and field home opener against Flagstaff Sinagua and Snowflake can expect Longhorn track team members to turn in some state-class performances.

Start time for field events is 3 p.m.


Senior Jenny Cohen has posted a time of 2:28 in the 800 meters. Cohen is shown during a conditioning run March 25.

In comparing this season's times, distances and heights of PHS track team members to those turned in by Arizona's best, the locals fare well.

Among the Longhorn's top performers is the 4x800 relay team of Brian Langeliers, Dustin Rodgers, Joe Behrens and Tanner Morgan.

The foursome has recorded a school-record clocking of 8:18.90. The only Arizona teams with quicker ETs are Scottsdale Sahuaro (8:10.40) Arcadia (8:13.10), Brophy (8:15.00) and Desert Mountain (8:18.90).

Of those schools, only Arcadia is a member of the 4A conference along with PHS.

Among the state's most accomplished 800 meter runners, Behrens is holding his own with a season's best of 1:59:80.

Some of the middle distance runners who have bested Behrens' mark are Brophy's Charles Hampton (1:58.00) Desert Mountain's Richard Zach 1:58:90 and Charlie Keating (1:59:10) of Arcadia.

In the 3200 meters, Morgan's PR of 10:07.80 ranks him in the state's top 20.

Brophy's Hampton has turned in a 9:28:90 and teammate Alex Mason is credited with a 9:38:90.

Among the 4A Grand Canyon region schools, only Flagstaff's Forrest Bougher (10:02.90) has been faster than Morgan.

Sophomore Brian Schwind's triple jump of 39 feet, 2 inches is a respectable state mark.

The premier jumper in early season has been Queen Creek's Tony Bayne (45 feet, 5 inches).

Among the ladies

For the Lady Horns, senior Jennie Cohen's 800 meter clocking of 2:28.00 is among the state's 20 quickest times.

Former Lady Horn Whitney Hardt, now of Queen Creek, is the top-rated half-miler with a time of 2:15.90. Most other runners in the state are five full seconds behind Hardt.

In the 1600 meters, the Lady Horns sport two athletes -- Autumn Herrera and Alesha Huddlestun -- who have shown the potential to be competitive with Arizona's best. Herrera has run a 5:49.00 and Huddlestun sports a PR of 5:54.00.

Haley Paul (5:10.90) of Desert Vista and Hardt (5:11:00) are the event's two premier runners.

Britney Owens' long jump of 16 feet, 1 inch ranks her with the most accomplished leapers. Mesa's Gina Peterson (17 feet, 10 inches) is a favorite to win most any meet she enters.

Most all athletes who have exceeded Owens mark represent the 5A ranks.

In the girls' shot put, Kody Kepp (34 feet, 10 inches) and Hillari Hardt (31 feet, 6 inches) could mold themselves into state placers. Tucson Rincon's Natalie Siegal (40 feet) is a state-favorite.

Hardt and Kepp are also competitive in the discus throw. Hardt has thrown 96 feet and Kepp has unleashed a toss of 98 feet, 1 inch.

Skyline's Jade Furnas (131 feet, 7 inches) is top-ranked in the state.

Following today's home opener, the track teams travel April 2 to newly built Willow Canyon near Dysart High School. April 8, the Horns are slated to host Heber Mogollon. Field events start at 3 p.m.

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