Bulldog boys win 10 events for T-bird invite title

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Kingman High’s Kameron Comins leads runners from Boulder Creek, right, and Maryvale to the finish line Wednesday at KHS. Comins won the 100-meters Friday at the T-bird Invitational Friday in Bullhead City.

RODNEY HAAS/Miner<br> Kingman High’s Kameron Comins leads runners from Boulder Creek, right, and Maryvale to the finish line Wednesday at KHS. Comins won the 100-meters Friday at the T-bird Invitational Friday in Bullhead City.

KINGMAN - Kingman High's Paige Cardiff returned to form Friday at the Mohave Thunderbird Invitational.

A foot injury kept Cardiff out of the home meet on Wednesday. She returned and won the 1600 and 800 meters Friday.

"She ran away from the competition," KHS coach Anne Bathauer said. "She was 150 meters ahead of everybody."

According to Bathauer, Cardiff suffered a joint injury, although not serious, but she will take it easy for the next couple of weeks and not run all four events until regionals, which are May 4-6.

"The doctor said she has to deal with a little bit of pain and it should get better," Bathauer said. "I guess it's a joint flip is what the doctor told her."

Cardiff won the 1600 meters with a time of 5:27 over second place Stefanie Thelaner of Pahrump, Nev. Valley High School and the 800 meters over Lake Havasu's Kaylie Sanchez with a time of 2:25.

Cardiff's two individual wins helped lead the girls team to a third place finish with 103 points. Sara Reed also won the 100 meters hurdles and freshman Olivia Anderson won the 3200 meters.

"Our future for the girls program is looking strong," Bathauer said. "We're dominated by freshman and sophomores who are trying to learn their way and we're trying to place them in events that they are going to do the best."

As a team the boys dominated, winning 10 events as the Bulldogs finished first with a 176 points.

Willie Valdez won three events, the 300 meters hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

"Willie has always been one of our top competitors, he always continues to improve and he's going to be right there," Bathauer said. "He qualified for all four events at the state meet last year and he should qualify for all four again this year."

Trey Anthony won two events, the 200 meters and the 400 meters. Kameron Comins won the 100 meters, David Haun won the 800 meters and Cristian Gutierrez won the shot put.

"On the boys side we're going to have a lot of kids make it to the state meet," Bathauer said.

Kingman also had three boys' relay teams place Friday, including the 4x100, 4x400 and the 4x800 teams.

The Bulldogs will travel to Surprise Willow Canyon at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday before heading to the Peoria Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"We should get some great performances next week because our kids will be pushed," Bathauer said.