5/8/2013 6:00:00 AM Narvarte leaps into Lee Williams history books High jumper 1 of 5 Kingman athletes competing at this week's state track meet
Lee Williams high jumper Giancarlo Narvarte became the first athlete at the school to qualify for the postseason. He will join Kingman High’s Darian Kamin, Cristian Gutierrez, Amber Tackett and Paulina Delgado at the state meet that begins today at Mesa Community College in Mesa. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KINGMAN - When it comes to writing the history of Lee Williams High School, Giancarlo Narvarte will always hold a special place.
Narvarte will also be the answer to a trivia question a hundred years from now: Who was the first LWHS athlete to qualify for the postseason?
Narvarte accomplished that feat when he leaped 6 feet in the high jump competition at the Lake Havasu Last Chance Qualifier on April 24 to secure a spot the Division III State Track Meet that begins today at Mesa Community College in Mesa.
"I'm excited to go and to get the opportunity to do this as a freshman and get the experience to do it," Narvarte said. "I'm happy that I'm the first one to qualify for the school and the first person to represent Lee Williams at state. I'm excited to have the opportunity to do that."
Narvarte will join Kingman High athletes Darian Kamin, who had an automatic qualifying time in the 300 hurdles and a provisional time in the 110 hurdles; Cristian Gutierrez in the shot put and discus; Amber Tackett in the discus; and Paulina Delgado in the 300 hurdles.
Kamin and Delgado will run in the preliminaries today with the finals scheduled for Saturday. Gutierrez will compete in the discus today and shot put on Saturday, and Tackett will compete in the discus on Saturday.
Gutierrez, a senior, has been consistently throwing around the 50-foot mark. His best throw is 51 feet.
"They all have a chance. Where they are ranked at doesn't necessarily mean where they are going to finish," said KHS track coach Rob York. "Maybe one kid got one out there one time and Cristian has been consistently around the 50-foot mark and that's what you want. Yes, it takes just one throw, but you have a better chance if you are throwing consistently."
Notably absent this year for KHS is Paige Cardiff.
The senior, who has become one of the top distance runners in the state, battled illness and injuries all year and ran her best times at the Northwest Region meet last week.
"I'm sure she is disappointed that she can't go, but she understands," York said. "If she had ran all year and had been healthy, then she would be going for two or three events.
"She had a rough year as far as health goes. What are you going to do?"
Narvarte is scheduled to jump Saturday afternoon and the rest of the state will be introduced to the school that opened this year.
"I'm very excited," Narvarte said. "I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to getting better and improve next season.
Narvarte is the perfect example of the type of year it has been for Lee Williams and the team.
When the season started, Narvarte had never tried high jump, let alone cleared any mark. But he utilized his 6-foot, 3-inch frame to clear 5 feet, 10 inches for a provisional height that didn't guarantee him a spot at the state meet. The 6-foot mark did, and set the meet record.
"He knew exactly what he needed to have and I think that helped - that exact number was in his mind," said LWHS track coach Joan Abraham. "He knew what he needed to do."
Abraham, who works as the school's librarian, posted the state qualifying marks in the library throughout the season and made cards for each athlete to know where they were and what they needed.
She said that Narvarte would be in there looking at the height needed and going over what needed to be done in order to achieve it.
"He knew what his height was and he worked hard all season and each time he was, 'Okay I'm a little closer and a little closer.' "
Abraham would like to see him jump higher than 6 feet at the state meet. Sedona Red Rock's Timothy Ryan has Division III's best jump at 6-feet, 8 inches, followed by some 6-6's, 6-4's and 6-2's.
However, as York said, where you're ranked doesn't determine where you finish.
"It's really cool for him, and who knows? Maybe he gets a good jump in. Two inches in the high jump is a lot," York said. "It's good for him just to be able to go and see what other kids are jumping. Just going as a freshman. For him going as a freshman, he will set a precedent that he will go to state every year from here on out."
It's something Abraham hopes will come true.
"I think at this point it's just the experience, then he can come back and tell everyone else, 'Hey, this is what happened when I was at state and this is how cool it is and you have to be there,'" Abraham said. "He's going to be able to watch the best in the state. He's going to have so many people there to encourage him and give him pointers and be that upperclassman that he didn't get at our campus but he was able to get at every meet."