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4/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
Running takes Kingman High's Cardiff to Utah
KHS standout signs SUU letter of intent
Kingman High Athletic Director John Venenga and cross country coach Ann Bathauer look on as Paige Cardiff signs her letter-of-intent with Southern Utah University of Cedar City.RODNEY HAAS/Miner
Kingman High Athletic Director John Venenga and cross country coach Ann Bathauer look on as Paige Cardiff signs her letter-of-intent with Southern Utah University of Cedar City.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter

KINGMAN - Paige Cardiff developed an interest in running in the sixth grade. By the time she was in the eighth grade, Cardiff had a feeling that running could lead to something bigger.

This past week, that bigger something became reality when she signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track at Southern Utah University.

"She found that she had a gift and a talent for it," Paige's mother Eve said. "It's just nice to see all those years of running now paying for her education."

SUU is a NCAA Division I school with an enrollment of about 10,000 students. It's located in Cedar City, about 300 miles and a four-hour drive from Kingman.

"I wanted to go someplace close, I didn't want to go too far away," Paige said. "I was really impressed with the program and the girls. They seemed like a close knit family. They were so much fun to be around."

Paige's athletic scholarship includes the cost of out-of-state tuition. In addition to that scholarship, she is receiving an academic scholarship that is expected to cover the cost of room and board along with other books and supplies.

"I'm really excited for Paige," said KHS cross country coach and former head track coach Anne Bathauer. "From the time she was a freshman she was a special talent, everyone saw it. It wasn't any secret and everyone around the state has known about it. It's exciting to see one of your runners to be able to go to that next level and be pretty successful."

Paige isn't the only KHS athlete moving on to a higher level of competition. Volleyball standout Natalie Casson recently signed her letter of intent to play for Le Moyne University, a NCAA Division II school in Syracuse, N.Y.

"We have two students that are going on - two phenomenally great young women moving on," said Bathauer, who also serves as the school's guidance counselor. "Academically, they are at the top of the class. Kingman High is producing some great athletes. They are community kids, it's not one school pitted against another, and these are Kingman, Arizona people.

"Academically, they are set. They have taken AP courses, they have done everything they need to be successful in college."

While Paige will finish up her KHS track career in two weeks at the Division I State Track Meet in Mesa, there is a pair of Cardiffs waiting in the wings to fill the shoes left by their older sister.

Tanner, a sophomore, and Peyton, a freshman, have already put up personal records this year and, according to Bathauer, their 800 meter times are very good right now.

"There is great potential. If they chose to run like she chose to run, they have to the potential for great things," Bathauer said.

For Paige, who has struggled with injures this spring, being able to run with her younger brothers has given her great joy.

"It's fun to be with them, I love being around them," Paige said. "It's fun to be the example."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Salina Fogg

Congratulations Paige!! You have worked so hard and are going to do great things!! So proud of you!!

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

What a great example Natalie and Paige are for the students. I was fortunate to have both girls in class in 8th grade and they were wonderful then and have gone on to be more wonderful as they matured and became young ladies. I, with Kingman, should be very proud of these girls. It is with a happy heart that we see both girls continue their dreams. Good luck ladies!

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