Hurdles no problem for Bracy<BR><BR>

Vicki Bracy enjoys leaping over hurdles.

The Kingman High School senior has turned into one of the best hurdlers on the track and field team.

Last year Bracy qualified for the Class 5A State Track Meet in the 100 hurdles.

This year Bracy wants to make a return trip in the 100 hurdles and earn a spot in 300 hurdles.

"This year I want to qualify in both the hurdles event," Bracy said.

Bracy finished in second place in the 100 hurdles at the Northwest Region and was fifth in the 300 hurdles.

The top two qualify for the state meet from the Northwest Region.

At the state meet Bracy missed qualifying for the finals.

This year she also does the 200 and runs on the 4X100 relay.

"I like the hurdles the best and this year I was put in the other two events," Bracy said.

"Right now in the 100 hurdles I'm in the mid 17s and I want to get into the low 16s,"

Bracy isn't new to running hurdles.

"I have been doing hurdles since the seventh grade," Bracy said.

"I have gotten used to jumping hurdles, but I'm still working on my form."

Track isn't the only thing Bracy does.

She works at the Del.

E.

Webb Wellness Center as a lifeguard Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:45 a.m.

to 8 a.m.

"It's kind of good because I get to do my drills in the water before the people come in," Bracy said.

"I then go home and get ready for school.

The morning is the only time that I can work so it's pretty convenient."

Bracy isn't sure what the competition will be like this year in the Northwest Region.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Mountain Ridge and Goldwater on Wednesday, but the meet was cancelled because of high winds.

"We haven't really competed against anyone in our region yet, but some of them are pretty good from last year," Bracy said.

"I think that I'm doing pretty good this year.

I'm not three-stepping the whole race yet, but it's coming."

"Vicki can run anything that you ask her to run," Kingman sprint and hurdle coach Billy Taylor said.

"She is very competitive in all the events.

She is very intense and she expects a lot out of herself."

Taylor said Bracy is one of the leaders on the Bulldogs.

"When you have a young team like we do you need a strong leader to build off and Vicki is a good base for young people to follow," Taylor said.

"She leads by example.

She doesn't get on someone and try to push them without pushing herself first.

As a coach you love to have that."

Bracy has been dropping times each meet, Taylor said.

"Every meet Vicki has gotten better," Taylor said.

"We haven't gone backwards and that is a plus.

We have been working on her three-step over the hurdles and once she gets that she will qualify for state."

After graduation Bracy hopes to run track at college.

"I want to go and be on a track team at a two-year college," Bracy said.

Bracy and the Bulldogs will return to action April 3 in Phoenix against conference foes Mountain Ridge, Ironwood and Deer Valley.