KINGMAN - The Kingman High cross country teams will run in the Four Corners Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the meet will give the Bulldogs one more building block before they begin to be introduced to their region opponents.
KHS will host Glendale Deer Valley at 4 p.m. Wednesday behind the campus of KHS as their season rolls along toward the Northwest Region meet on Oct. 29.
The Bulldogs ran in the Ray Wherley Invitational in Prescott on Sept. 13, and both squads continue to dial in team performances.
The boys took 13th out of 19 teams, and senior Wes Anderson was the Bulldogs' top finisher with a 39th-place finish. "He went out too hard and wasn't happy that he didn't pace himself," Bulldogs' coach Anne Bathauer said.
Jesse Peterson placed 58th, Dominic Tapia 86th, David Schmucker 87th and Kevin Laird 96th for the Bulldogs.
Tapia has become one of Bathauer's most consistent performers. "He ran a very good race," Bathauer said. "He's a strong No. 3 and he's coming along as a runner."
Help may be on the way for the boys as freshman Andrew Karn will make his varsity debut this week. Had Karn run for the varsity in Prescott, Bathauer said he would have finished fifth in the No. 5-race. "We'll see what he adds to the team," Bathauer said. "Our points should decrease because of him."
The girls team took ninth place out of sixteen teams, and Bathauer believes the Bulldogs have finally found their starting point. "We needed a starting point to get their confidence up," she said. "As a result, they ran well as a team in practice this week."
Bailey Lawson led KHS with a 38th-place finish, followed by freshman Heather Paulsteiner (58), Tiffany Reinoso (62), Stephanie Reinoso (64) and Lucy Gaytan (70).
Bathauer said Tiffany Reinoso's race was important because it helped her gain confidence. Paulsteiner's work ethic has been instrumental in her achievements so far in the season.
"She gets stronger every day," Bathauer said about Paulsteiner. "She practices hard at every practice."
This group of five will most likely be mainstays in the Bulldogs' lineup. "As they run more together, we'll expect better performances," Bathauer said. "But we have to get faster as a group and do it consistently."