9/24/2012 6:00:00 AM Cardiff wins third title in Havasu meet
David Bell/News-Herald Photo
Kingman¹s Paige Cardiff (831) makes her way over the second hill during the first loop of the Mark Weston Invitational Cross Country Meet, at the Bridgewater Links Golf Course, in Lake Havasu City Saturday. Cardiff made her move at the 2-mile mark to win her third consecutive Weston title.
1 Paige Cardiff 20:17.42
7 Amanda Williams 22:37.03
11 Paulina Delgado 23:56.11
14 Olivia Anderson 24:05.59
15 Alexis Bathauer 24:25.52
19 Mindy Bardinm 24:46.68
27 Rachel Fondren 26:14.02
10 Shaun Wootten 18:06.06
13 Ethan Swenson 18:19.90
14 Pat Webb 18:22.43
16 Preston Hammond 18:44.94
17 Jesse Marquez 18:47.05
28 Dominic Dubay 19:34.12
30 Tanner Cardiff 19:38.64
David Bell Today’s News-Herald
Kingman senior Paige Cardiff won her third consecutive Mark Weston Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday, but for the second year in a row it was host Lake Havasu that edged Kingman for the team title.
The Lady Knights finished with 42 points to take the Weston team trophy over Kingman, with 44.
"I'm not surprised. I know what they're capable of and today they proved it," said LHHS head coach Erika Washington.
Cardiff ran a masterful race, staying right behind River Valley freshman Courtney Lewis through the first lap of the 3.1-mile race.
"My coach (Anne Bathauer) and I talked about staying back a little and waiting until the end to overtake," Cardiff said. "So I'd get right behind and she'd sprint ahead. Then I'd catch up and she'd sprint again until the 2-mile mark. That's when I took off."
Cardiff finished in a time of 20 minutes 17.42 second with Lewis second in 20:58.89
For the boys, the battle was between SECTA and Calexico, with the California team taking the win, 20-45. Kingman finished third with 66 points.
"This may be the strongest team I've ever coached," said Bathauer. "The girls and the boys too. Everybody is shaving time off. Even runners like Patrick (Webb), who's never run this course before, is posting good times."
Mohave was fourth with 129 points, followed by Lake Havasu with 141, River Valley with 147, Yuma Catholic with 173, Parker with 235 and Laughlin with 265. Kingman Lee Williams had just one runner - Brendon Allred (20:26.77) - and didn't qualify for team scoring.
Kingman's Shaun Wootten finished 10th in 18:06.06.
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Congratulations to Paige on her disciplined win and to the rest of the Bulldogs who continue to improve. Coach, you are doing a good job. Many of us forget about the other sports going on in the fall that require lots of time and dedication. Good things!