Lady Longhorn cross country runners were at the best in the team’s lone home appearance of the 2012 season.
It all took place Sept. 5 at Payson Golf Course where PHS played host to eight visiting teams from around Arizona.
For the remainder of the season, the PHS long-distance runners will be on the road competing in Pinetop, Holbrook, Tempe, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Cave Creek and other spots.
In the Payson High-hosted run, Erin Huffman led the Lady Longhorn charge running to a ninth-place finish in the 108-runner field. She toured the 3200-meter course in 22:31.72.
Huffman, only a sophomore, opened the season Sept. 1 at the Peak Invitational in Flagstaff where she was third, finishing in 22:27.
Sedona senior Mykala Seresun won the race turning in a blistering 18:33.00.
Winning is nothing new for Seresun who last year won the Ray Wherley Invitational in Prescott and was first in the 1,600 at the Bourgade Invitational
Tatiana Gillick of Flagstaff finished a distant second at Payson Golf Course in 20:55.
In addition to the Lady Horns receiving a good effort from Huffman, Abby Greenleaf buoyed the team taking 16th in 23:30.34.
McKenzie Mann covered the course in 25:55.72 and was 38th just three seconds ahead of PHS teammate Storm Alexander in 39th place.
Anna Schouten took 67th running a 28:44.77.
Katie Schouten (80th; 30:39.52) and Kiki York (102nd; 37:29.69) rounded out the Lady Horn effort.
“The girls ran well and we were without McKyla McCrary who was out of town,” said PHS coach Jonathan Ball.
The PHS boys did not enjoy the success of their female counterparts, failing to place a runner among the top 20 finishers.
Niyal Curi turned in the Horns best showing finishing 37th in 20:33.91.
The event winner, Jordan Bramblett of Mingus, was clocked in 17:43.78.
Payson’s Wala Ryland was 55th (21:22.66) and Beeson Dawson took 61st in (21:41.89).
Alonzo Cohen ran to 107th in 24:59.61.
Both teams return to action Sept. 13 to 16 when they travel to Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, Calif. to compete in the 32nd Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic.
In the Classic, teams compete in divisions according to their abilities and times. Runs are held over the course of two evenings “under the lights” on the campus of Estancia High.