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Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 1:40 am | Updated: 3:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Several defending state champions return for more hardware, led by distance standouts Kari Hardt of Queen Creek and Jillian Klassen of Scottsdale Christian, both multiple state champions.

No season would be complete without a Valley Christian girls championship and the Trojans appear headed for their 11th straight championship.

Another defending team champion, Queen Creek, moves up from 3A to 4A-II and will be worth watching. If the Bulldogs can add points to the 30 or so Hardt will score at the state meet, they could be right in the running.

In 5A Division I, the team race this season should come down to Desert Vista and Chandler. Both teams have several returners and will duke it out at several invitationals throughout the season.


1. Valley Christian: With athletes like Shamesha Smith and Kim Wigboldy leading the way, the Trojans will remain the clear favorites in 2A.

2. Desert Vista: The Thunder fell just short of Phoenix South Mountain (now in 5A-II) a year ago and have many key components back. Plus, with more than 200 athletes in the program, Desert Vista always finds people who can perform.

3. Queen Creek: With the state's best distance runner in Kari Hardt likely scoring 30-plus points at the state meet, the Bulldogs, winners of the last two titles in 3A, will just need to find some other pieces to challenge in 4A-II.

4. McClintock: Jasmine Chaney will rack up multiple points for the Chargers, who enter the season as the favorites in the Desert Sky Region.

5. Chandler: The Wolves have two standouts returning in Leah Benton and Alex Cunningham and if things fall into place, Chandler could be right in the mix of things at state.


Kari Hardt, Queen Creek: The diminutive distance runner is recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, but don't let the slow start fool you. She'll soon be atop the charts in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Jillian Klassen, Scottsdale Christian: The junior fell just short of sweeping the distance events in 2A last season and looks to complete the feat this year.

C.J. Navarro, Desert Ridge: Won both the shot put and discus in 4A last year and should repeat that feat this season in 5A-II.

Jaci Perryman, Desert Vista: Defending state champion in the pole vault will set her sights on 13-feet this season.

Jasmine Chaney, McClintock: Posted the best time in the state in the 100-meter hurdles as a junior last year and won both hurdle events at state.


Katie Ponsness, Basha, Sr., hurdles

Carolyn Boge, Basha, Jr., sprints

Whitney Wiley, Basha, Sr., sprints

Jocelyn York, Basha, Sr., hurdles

Leah Benton, Chandler, Jr., sprints

Alex Cunningham, Chandler, Sr., sprints

Lindsey Dorwieler, Corona del Sol, So., distance

Samia Stokes, Corona del Sol, Jr., throws

Jen Dittburner, Desert Mountain, Sr., distance

Patricia Barela, Desert Vista, So., distance

Meagan Berg, Desert Vista, Sr., throws

Rebecca Nelson, Desert Vista, Sr., hurdles/sprints

Shawn-tae Greene, Dobson, So., sprints

Courtney Hayes, Dobson, Jr., jumps

Courtney Golden, Gilbert, So., distance

Brittany Golden, Gilbert, Sr., distance

Kathryn Munoz, Hamilton, Jr., hurdles

Cassie DeSalvo, Highland, So., distance

Chelsea Johnson, Highland, Jr., jumps

Chelsea Chauvet, Horizon, Jr., distance

Marin Gross, Horizon, So., distance

Ashley Ross, Horizon, Sr., hurdles/jumps

Naomi Jimenez, Marcos de Niza, So., sprints/distance

Samantha Meyerhoff, Marcos de Niza, So., distance

Yasha Coleman, Marcos de Niza, Sr., throws

Trisha Westbrook, Mesa, Sr., sprints

Kristin Phillips, Mountain Pointe, Sr., distance

Aubri Carman, Mountain Pointe, Jr., distance

Paige Christensen, Mountain View, Sr., distance

Brooke Jackson, Mountain View, Sr., sprints

Brooke McNaughton, Mountain View, Sr., throws

Tressa Steele, Paradise Valley, So., sprints

Chelsea Fisk, Paradise Valley, Sr., mid-distance

Chevis Trotter, Red Mountain, Sr., sprints

Lauren Reich, Red Mountain, Sr., distance

Adele Keating, Xavier, Sr., distance

Natalie Johnson, Xavier, Jr., sprints


Clair Kosters, Arcadia, Sr., hurdles

Jessica Carter, Arcadia, Jr., distance

Christine Bramer, Cactus Shadows, So., distance

Andrea Hatch, Cactus Shadows, Sr., sprints

Sara Pages, Cactus Shadows, Jr., sprints

Haley Struthers, Chaparral, xx, sprints

Brittany Davis, Chaparral, xx, sprints

Lauren Rosenquist, Chaparral, Jr., distance

Blair Crawford, Chaparral, xx, hurdles

Megan-Anne Perrin, Fountain Hills, Sr., distance

Keandra Glass, Coolidge, Sr., hurdles

Cherish Farnsworth, Higley, Sr., hurdles

Kelsey Wood, Higley, Jr., jumps

Trinity Nance, Higley, So., sprints

Nicole Copeland, Maricopa, Sr., sprints

Laura Ostler, McClintock, So., distance

Brittany Quinn, Pinnacle, Jr., distance

Hailey Buscher, Queen Creek, Jr., hurdles

Tamara Lemalu, Queen Creek, Sr., throws

Alex Hiber, Saguaro, Jr., distance

Loren Wynn, Saguaro, Fr., distance

Caitlin Cameron, Scottsdale Christian, Jr., distance

Katie Carriers, Seton, Sr., sprints

Lindsay Warburton, Seton, Sr., distance

Stefanee Livingston, Tempe, xx, sprints

Patrillya Jefferson, Tempe, XX, sprints/hurdles

Kim Wigboldy, Valley Christian, Jr., hurdles

Brielle Smith, Valley Christian, So., distance

Shamesha Smith, Valley Christian, Jr., hurdles/jumps

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