5/7/2014 6:00:00 AM Cardiff, Delgado make it to the end for Kingman track
Paulina Delgado and Peyton Cardiff get in a light workout Tuesday at Kingman High before the duo represent the Bulldogs at the Division II State Championship Track & Field Meet today at Mesa Community College.
KINGMAN - From the start of the season back in February and over the course of 12 track meets, it was all about getting as many members as possible from the Kingman High Bulldog track team to the Division II State Championship that begins today at Mesa Community College.
That number turned out to be two for Kingman. Sophomore Peyton Cardiff will represent the Bulldog boys as the No. 24 seed in the 800 meters. For the girls, senior Paulina Delgado is scheduled to compete in two events, the 100 and 300 hurdles. Delgado is seeded No. 10 in the 300 and No. 24 in the 100.
There aren't any preliminaries for the 800 and Cardiff runs his race today. He enters the meet with a season-best 2 minutes, 1.61 seconds compared to the top seed's - William McClelland of Arcadia - 1:56.62. Cardiff is set to run in Section 1 of the two-section final. The fastest time in the first section is Youngker's Gustavo Loustaunau's 2:00.75.
"These kids are real close to me and I would like to beat a couple of them out," Cardiff said. "I'd like to beat two minutes."
Cardiff explained his approach would be to run three consecutive 30-second 200s, and then sprint during his kick to break the two-minute barrier.
"I do run better with faster kids," he said.
Cardiff's kick at the end of races is his best feature and that will have to be strong today.
"He really has to push, which he does really hard," said KHS assistant coach Anne Bathauer. "He has an excellent finish."
There are three heats of preliminaries in the 300 and Delgado is tabbed to be in Lane 7 of the first heat. Delgado's seed time is listed as 47.50 seconds and the meet's No. 1 seed, Brielle Sterns of Sahuaro, has run the 300 in 46.08.
In the 100, Delgado is in Heat 2, Lane 8 and comes in with a time of 16.69. Sterns is the No. 1 seed in this event as well with a time of 14.77, the only hurdler with a time under 15 seconds.
The fastest nine advance to the state championship race on Saturday, and Delgado promises to make these races her best.
"Those girls keep getting faster," she said. "I'll run my hardest. These are possibly my last races, so I won't be holding back."
Coach Bob York says he wouldn't be surprised if Delgado gains a lot of ground in the 300.
"She can very easily take a full second off," he said.