Lady Horns Struggle At State

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The Lady Longhorns performance in the 4A state championships was far different from the spectacles of yesteryear when the likes of Stephanie Robertson, Rheanna Martinez and Whitney Hardt were leading Payson High to Arizona crowns.

The Lady Horns did not score a single team point during the state meet held last week at Mesa Community College.

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Freshman Panda Stackhouse qualified for the state meet in the 400 meters.

Payson did send six Grand Canyon Region qualifiers to the meet, but due to the intense competition of the 4A "big school" ranks, none could earn team points with top-nine finishes.

Senior Krystal McRae just missed earning a berth in the 100-meter hurdles finals finishing 10th in the preliminary round. Her time of 16.80 was just .16 of a second off what she needed to advance to the event's final nine.

Sierra Sommars also came within an eyelash of earning team points, taking 10th in the discus.

Her heave of 99 feet, 10 inches was a personal record and just 11 inches behind the ninth-place finisher.

In the 400-meter preliminaries, freshman Panda Stackhouse bettered her GCR qualifying time of 1:05.59 to 1:05.35, but was 18th in the 19-runner field.

In the 4x100 relay, the Lady Horn team of Amy Buckner, Shanna Coleman, Janet Echols and McRae posted an estimated time of 53.48. They were 23rd among the 26 foursomes entered.

In qualifying for state May 7 at the GCR finals in Flagstaff, the team was clocked in 53.33.

The 4x400 relay team of Crystal Sprinkle, Coleman, Buckner and Echols was 22nd in 4:23.01. At the GCR championships the four were timed in 4:27.04.

The state meet marks the conclusion of a season in which the Lady Horns ran, jumped and threw their way to a third-place standing at the regional championships.

The team members will gather one final time for the annual season-ending awards ceremony. The date and place will be announced later this week.

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