Reed makes state, Cardiff sets school record in 1600

DAVID BELL/Today’s News-Herald<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Kingman High’s Garrett Whitehead, right, clears a hurdle en route to winning his heat in the 110-meter hurdles at the Havasu Last Chance Qualifier track and field meet at Thunderbolt Middle School in Lake Havasu City April 27.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

DAVID BELL/Today’s News-Herald<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Kingman High’s Garrett Whitehead, right, clears a hurdle en route to winning his heat in the 110-meter hurdles at the Havasu Last Chance Qualifier track and field meet at Thunderbolt Middle School in Lake Havasu City April 27.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - Kingman High's Sara Reed qualified for next week's state track meet in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.28 and Paige Cardiff broke a school record in the 1600 with a time of 5:08.5 Wednesday at the Northwest Regional meet at Deer Valley High School in Glendale.

"It was a huge night for Paige," KHS track coach Anne Bathauer said. "She went into it not being pushed and she wasn't pushed again."

Cardiff broke her previous record of 5:13 she set at last year's state meet. She also tied the school record in the 800, finishing at 2:20.37 to equal the record set by Kim Pope in 1996. Taylor Reed finished third with a time of 2:26.37.

"She's very much solidifying a spot for herself at the state meet," said Bathauer of Reed's 800 performance.

As a team, the girls sit in fourth place with 32 points with quite a few runners still to compete in the finals today. The boys currently sit in sixth with 18.5 points and, just like the girls, the boys still have quite a few runners in the finals.

"We should move up quite a bit (tonight) because we could get some big points," Bathauer said.

As of right now, the only automatic state qualifier for the boys is the 4x400 relay team. But Bathauer expects to see even more qualifiers after finals, most notably David Haun in the 800, who could have a big night tonight.

"We're thinking he's going to hit the qualifying time and break a school record,"

With Reed's qualifying mark, KHS currently has six athletes qualified for the state track meet.

However, they also have numerous athletes who have already hit provisional times and are ranked in the top 24 of their event.

"We could take one of our largest contingents," Bathauer said. "Most of the Kingman athletes have hit provisional and are ranked 24 or on the bubble."