Track teams score pair of home wins

Kingman athletes win 14 individual and four relay events hosting Trevor Browne

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Kingman High’s Katie Murphy launches one  of her attempts in the discus throw  during a meet last week.  Murphy was second in both throwing events on Wednesday against Trevor Browne.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> Kingman High’s Katie Murphy launches one of her attempts in the discus throw during a meet last week. Murphy was second in both throwing events on Wednesday against Trevor Browne.

KINGMAN – The Kingman High girls and boys track teams won their final home meet of the year on Wednesday against Trevor Browne.

The Bulldog boys won nine individual events en route to an 82-45 edge and four different girls collected first place honors in a 59-46 win.

“This was a good meet for us because a lot of the kids that don’t normally score points are able to score points,” Kingman coach Bob York said. “That’s always good if you can do that to give them a chance to letter. I think the kids did have fun. We ran them in a few things we don’t normally run them in.”

Orry Berlemann picked up the most points for the Bulldogs with a win in the triple jump at 39 feet, 8-1/2 inches, and two second places in the long jump (18-3) and the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.15 seconds. Kingman’s Joe Light and Trevor Whitecar also had successful days both in the field and on the track. Light was first in the pole vault (9-6) and the 300m hurdles (45.47), while Whitecar was second in the triple jump (38-4 1/2), long jump (17-6) and the 300m hurdles (53.12).

Kayla Campbell led the Lady Bulldogs’ scoring push with wins in the high jump (4-6) and pole vault (7-0), and a third-place finish in the triple jump (28-9). Katie Murphy was the team’s only other female to score in a field event on Wednesday with two second places in the discus (66-8 1/2) and the shot put (21-6).

Kingman’s leading male thrower, John Hicks, swept both of his events, starting his day with his best discus attempt (135-1) and ending it with his farthest shot put at 44 feet. Other Bulldog boys with first-place finishes were Michael Bartholomew in the high jump (5-2), Mike Howell in the 400m (56.70) and Matt Snay in the 1,600m (4:56).

Snay had to settle for second place in his third race of the day, the 3,200-meter run, as Trevor Browne’s Jesus Paradones stayed ahead of him in the final 200 meters. Both were stride for stride with each other through the first seven laps until Snay made his move after the first turn, but Paredones had caught up and taken over by the next turn and held on to win in 10:48.

“I kind of went off a little too early, and he came back and got me,” Snay said. “Today is kind of like practice almost. It’s kind of tough because my events are close together.”

Kingman snagged a win in the girls 3,200m however, with Cindy Clark’s time of 14:32. The Lady Bulldogs’ other first-place finishers for the day were Stephanie Reinoso (2:40.33) in the 800m and Alyshia Solano (1:08.39) in the 400m.

Kingman relay teams also won the boys and girls 4x400 and 4x800 races.

The girls team’s remaining points came from Cindy (6:37) and Tami Clark (7:01) in the 1,600m, Elise Cowan (2:47.56) in the 800m and Stephanie Leyva (35.28) in the 200m.

On the boys side, other top-three finishers were Nick Young (5:08) in the 1,600m, Jesse Posey in the 400m (58.55) and the 100m (12.5), Ben Hanson (57.53) in the 300m hurdles, Alec Duranceau (2:13.20) in the 800m, Andrew Smith (27.24) and Albert Yee (27.69) in the 200m and Matt Cardeccia (7-0) in the pole vault.

The Bulldogs have two more meets next week before the region tournament on May 3 and 5.

“Right now we just need to work on conditioning,” York said. “They’ve got to be ready to take the long trip back-to-back, and that’s more mental than anything else.”