There are usually no misfires when veteran coach Chuck Hardt evaluates his track and field athlete talent.
His most recent direct hit occurred in preseason drills when he predicted that senior Sierra Sommars had the talent to be one of the best field event competitors in Class 3A prep track and field.
Sommars lived up to her coach's expectations by winning both the shot put and discus titles at a three-way meet held March 1 at Apache Junction High School. In winning, she unleashed throws of 27 feet in the shot put and 90 feet, 6 inches in the discus.
Teammate Alesha Huddlestun duplicated Sommars' twin gold medal accomplishments by winning the 400 meters and joining Sarah Agnes, Janet Echols and Panda Stackhouse on the 4x400 relay team. The winning relay foursome clocked in at 4:41.67.
The Lady Horns also received gold medal showings from Amy Buckner in the 300 hurdles (55) and Nikki DeWeese in the long jump (13 feet, 6 1/2 inches)
The team points earned by the event champions lifted the Lady Horns to a first place finish, with 66 1/2. The host Prospectors posted 51 1/2, taking second. With 46, Cactus trailed in third.
As important as the first place points were in the Lady Horn victory it was the seven silver medals that also helped pave the way to the victory stand.
Second place finishers included Lana Cluff (1600 meters), Shanna Coleman (pole vault and 200 meters), Stackhouse (400 meters), DeWeese (high jump and 300 hurdles) and the 4x100 relay team of Echols, Agnes, Buckner and freshman Jenna Robertson.
Also for the Lady Horns, Cluff was third in the 3200 meters and Robertson was a bronze medalist in the high jump and 300 hurdles.
Sophomore Lacy Sommars, Sierra's younger sister, took third in the discus.
In the pole vault, Agnes was fourth.
The Lady Horns performance at the meet was a mild surprise in that the roster features just 16 athletes and the team appeared, in preseason, to not have the depth needed to be a meet title contender.
So much for evaluating teams on roster numbers.
The PHS squad returns to action Wednesday, March 8, at Buckeye. Start time for field events is 3:30 p.m.