Bulldogs hope for more track qualifiers

KINGMAN - Time is running out for the Kingman High boys and girls track teams to get qualifiers for the state meet, and the Bulldogs will take on Anthem Boulder Creek in a Northwest Region dual meet today at 3:30 p.m. at KHS.

"We'll run with what we have against what they bring," head coach Bob York said.

The Bulldogs currently stand with only two that have so far qualified. Andrew Thibodeau qualified in the 100-meters and Shane Hall has received his entry pass in the high jump.

Kingman participated in the 2nd Annual Westside Invitational on Friday at Deer Valley High in Glendale, and the Bulldogs came up empty as far as qualifying was concerned. The girls squad finished tied for 17th place with Phoenix Moon Valley, and the boys team finished in 16th place.

Tanisha Karn placed highest for Kingman as she grabbed third place in the discus throw. Karn's throw of 97 feet was 20 short of first place, but only 22 inches out of second. Karn has to throw a distance of 108-2 to qualify for state.

"She's only 11 feet short, so she's close," assistant coach Rob York said. "She might get there, and she may be able to outside qualify in the shot put."

Karn said that she knows what she must do to get in qualifying distances for state. "I'm dipping my shoulder in the disc," she said. "In the shot, I'm pausing, and if I don't stop I should be able to make it."

Kingman placed eighth in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. Hall took eighth in the high jump at 5-8 and Mike Bartholomew took sixth in the 300 hurdles.

Bartholomew is another Bulldog eyeing state. "I need to work on my form off the hurdles," he said. "I've got the speed, I'm just slow over the hurdle."