KINGMAN – The Kingman High boys 4x800-meter relay win at the 5A-II Track and Field State Championships may have been the Bulldogs’ brightest moment last week, but it wasn’t the only event the team shined in.
In all, the Bulldogs scored 17 points at the two-day meet at Arizona State University, earning medals in five events. Joe Light, Matt Snay and John Hicks each picked up points for the boys in their individual events, and two relays teams posted top 8 finishes. The boys’ 14 points gave them a 16th place finish in the team standings, and the girls ended up in 21st place.
“We did a whole lot better than we’ve done the past four or five years,” Kingman coach Bob York said. “We haven’t had a state champion here for years. They all sucked it up and went after it, and I think they did the best they could.”
York said the Bulldogs’ overall season success can be seen not only in its number of medallists, but in its 19 athletes who qualified for state, 14 of whom will be returning to the team next year.
“Watching some of these kids get a little bit more success at the regionals will start pulling more kids in, and we’ll have the freshman class here next year, and that will pull more in,” York said. “I’d like to get the team back up to over 100 kids before I retire.”
In Saturday’s finals, the girls 4x400-meter relay team (Jessica Reinoso, Alyshia Solano, Marie Boone and Stephanie Reinoso) finished with a time of 4 minutes, 15.40 seconds, beating out Sunrise Mountain and Centennial by less than a half second for sixth place. Snay was in a close finish with two runners for the final medal honor in the 800m, edging out Mountain View Marana and Ironwood for eighth place at 2:01.36. Light finished his senior season with an eighth place finish in the 300m hurdles in 42.25, ending two days of warm weather with a medal.
“We haven’t had a hot meet all year, and then when we won the 4x800 on Thursday I was surprised,” York said. “I didn’t think that was going to happen just because of the weather.”
Results from all of Thursday and Saturday’s final events are listed on page 11A. The team will hand out its own awards at 6 p.m. on Monday in the school’s auditorium.