17 tracksters muster just 6 points at state

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Kingman High's Hillary Acer leads the pack in this photo from an earlier meet. Acer took nearly 20 seconds off her time in the 3,200-meter to take 12th place at the state meet last week in Chandler.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> Kingman High's Hillary Acer leads the pack in this photo from an earlier meet. Acer took nearly 20 seconds off her time in the 3,200-meter to take 12th place at the state meet last week in Chandler.

KINGMAN - Call the results mixed for the 2009 Kingman High track season.

The Bulldogs took a greater number of athletes, 17, to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Class 5A-II state championships that ended May 16 than expected but only managed to score six points combined between the boys and girls squads.

All six points came from the strength of junior Tanisha Karn. Karn earned four points with a fifth-place finish in the discus throw of 102 feet, four inches and scored the Bulldogs' other two points by taking seventh place in the shot put.

Karn's put of 33-1/2 was the last of the scoring for KHS.

"Tanisha did real well," KHS coach Bob York said. "And it was a hot son of a gun."

Junior Hillary Acer finished in 12th place in the 3,200 meter run, just four slots from earning more points for KHS.

Acer went into the race having won the Northwest Region with a time of 12 minutes, 32-1/2 seconds and improved nearly 20 seconds in the state meet at 12:14.65.

"Ironwood Ridge had four of the top five girls and that's unusual," KHS assistant coach Rob York said. "Hillary had a good race and it was a PR (personal record) for her."

Acer was only four seconds behind eighth-place and if she drops another 20 seconds off of her time by next year's state meet she could find herself in the top five.

"Hillary's the type of person who can get better because she works her tail off at every practice," Rob York said.

"Had her race been run on Saturday she wouldn't have been able to run. Even when it seemed she wouldn't be able to, she was at every practice putting her work in."

Though the Bulldogs didn't score in any of the timed events, the coaching staff was pleased with the improvement the runners made over the course of the season.

"The times at state were faster than regionals and, in most cases, were the fastest times all year," Bob York said.

"We got more kids to state than we figured we would and they performed to the best of their abilities. Every year the goal is to get as many kids to qualify for state as possible. With the number we got, it was a plus."

Bob York is retiring from KHS after 31 years of service and likes the prospects for next year's coach, whoever that may be.

"We've got a pretty good core of kids coming back next year - if they come out," he said. "Whoever the new track coach is will have some good kids."