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Bulldogs to host Kingman Invitational

For the past three months the Kingman High School boys and girls track and field teams have been competing in meets on the road.

On Saturday that will all change.

The Bulldogs will host the seven-team Kingman Invitational at KHS North.

Start time for field events is 9:30 a.m.

and running events will start at 10:30 a.m.

in the state qualifying meet.

"The kids are excited about finally having a meet at home especially the young kids," Kingman coach Bob York said.

"It will be a good experience.

It will be nice for a change that we won't have to travel anywhere."

Last year Mother Nature got in the way of the Kingman Invitational.

A heavy rain made coaches cancel the meet.

"We are hoping for better weather this year," York said.

"It's been windy this week, but we have had practices and the kids are getting better each time out."

Teams that will take part in the one-day meet will be Chinle, Lake Havasu City, Flagstaff, River Valley, Parker and Winslow.

"Chinle is the farthest team that will travel to get here," York said.

"We would like to have more teams, but we are happy with what we have."

York said Lake Havasu, Winslow and Flagstaff all have solid teams this year.

"Lake Havasu has a good program this year and River Valley always brings some good runners ," York said.

"It should be a good meet for people to watch."

On Saturday, the Bulldogs competed in the Glendale Invitational and the highlight of the meet was Tyler Angle winning the 3,200-meter run and qualifying for state.

Last week Angle qualified for state in the 1,600.

York said Angle is one of the runners to watch for in the Kingman Invitational.

"There were around 25 runners in the race," York said.

"He won the race by a couple of seconds.

He is running really well for us right now."

Other athletes who should have a strong performance in the Kingman Invitational are senior Jessica Hicks in the shot put and the discus.

On Wednesday in a Deer Valley Multiple Hicks threw the discus 102 feet.

The state qualifying distance for the discus is 105-7.

Hicks qualified earlier in the season in the shot put, but York said she should qualify for state in the discus on Saturday during the meet.

"Jessica is getting close in making it to state in the discus," York said.

York said Vicki Bracy will be near the top in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

"She is also running well for us," York said.

Sophomore Pam Erickson missed the Deer Valley Multiple because of sickness.

Erickson who runs the 1,600 and the 3,200 is a question mark for the Bulldogs.

"We will decide on Friday if she will run for us on Saturday," York said.

After the Kingman Invitational the Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday with a split squad.

Runners will go to the Westview Qualifier and the Bulldogs will host the Kingman Multiple at the KHS North track at 3:30 p.m.