State tourney hopes on the line in region finals

KINGMAN ­ The members of the Kingman High School track team have one last chance to qualify for the upcoming state tournament.

The Bulldogs are competing in the region finals today at Tolleson High School. Several of the track events had preliminary races on Wednesday to shorten today's competition.

Kingman had four runners qualify for the finals.

Herb Askew qualified in both the 200-meter and 400 races. Joe Light will be running in the boys 300-intermediate hurdles, while Jennifer Lucero is racing in the girls 300-intermediate hurdles. Morgan Jones qualified for the 400 finals.

The girls 4x800 relay team took second in the finals on Wednesday.

"I'm always excited for the region meet," coach Bob York said. "It's neat to see the kids get pumped up. Getting kids to state is our ultimate goal."

It will be a tough task to qualify for state. The region champions in each event gain a spot in the state meet.

The rest of the field will be determined by the next 16 best scores and times from all the region meets.

The Bulldogs have 35 kids competing in the remaining track events as well as all the field events.

"In sprints our region ­ mostly Peoria and Tolleson ­ could put six or seven in state," York said. "At this point no one is qualified for state, but we could have 10 kids qualify. We have kids who are right there, who could go."

The toughest part about qualifying for state is the waiting game. Anyone other than a region champion must wait to be seeded.

"It's a little tough, the kids don't know right away," York said. "Our 4x800 relay team doesn't know, and they really can't make any plans until Monday."