Cross Country Teams Prepare For Regionals

Ex-Mav star held out of Dog invite

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Lady Longhorn cross country runners didn't have to battle a former classmate and ex-Rim Country Middle School running sensation Kari Hardt at the Queen Creek Invitational.

Coaches held Hardt, now one of the state's finest prep runners and a student at Queen Creek H.S., out of the Oct. 20 invitational so she could train for a national showdown held Oct. 23.

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Freshman Lana Cluff (left) , shown at a practice session last week, turned in one of her finest efforts of the season at the Queen Creek Invitational finishing 11th overall in 22:06. Also pictured are Shanna Coleman and Crystal Sprinkle.

Without their star in the lineup, the QC Lady Bulldogs (99) had to settle for a third place finish behind runner-up Payson (70) and meet champ Valley Christian (47).

Globe (102) and Fountain Hills (117) trailed in the final standings.

Alesha Huddlestun earned herself a top-10 T-shirt with a 7th place finish touring the nearly 5K course in 20:39.

Freshman Lana Cluff turned in one of her finest efforts of the season finishing 11th in 22:06.

Other PHS runners included Sarah Agnes (12th; 22:12), Samantha Elliott (13th; 22:27), Shanna Coleman (27th; 23:17) and Crystal Sprinkle (37th; 26:02).

In the junior varsity events, the Lady Horns didn't receive a team score because the required five runners were not entered.

Speedy freshman Janet Echols earned a medal finishing 8th in 24:43.

The only other Lady Horn JV, Jennifer Sandoval had a gutsy effort running to 22nd (27:11).

Next up for the Lady Horns in the Grand Canyon regional championships Oct. 30 in Page.

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