Kingman High sends 23 to state track meet today

Cardiff looks to capture title in the 1600

Paige Cardiff

Paige Cardiff

KINGMAN - Candice Garrison's discus throw of 98 feet, 4 inches at the Northwest Region meet for Kingman High on Saturday didn't just earn her second place at the meet.

Her throw also put her in the top 24 and earned her a trip to today's Division II state track meet in Mesa.

"She has improved at every meet she's thrown," KHS coach Anne Bathauer said. "Where she's at right now, she can do better at the state meet."

Garrison joins 22 fellow Bulldogs at the meet, making up the largest contingent coach Bathauer has brought in two years.

"In order to make the state meet you have to be an elite athlete," Bathauer said. "You have to work hard and earn your way."

Joining Garrison is Northwest Region athlete of the year, Paige Cardiff. Cardiff qualified for the 1600, 800, 3200 and was a member of the qualifying 4x800 relay team. She has chosen not to participate in the relay, instead focusing her attention on her other three events, according to Bathauer.

Instead, the girls 4x800 relay team will consist of all freshmen in Taylor Reed, Paulina Delgado, Heather Weninger and Alexis Bathauer.

As for Cardiff, her time of 5:08.71 in the 1600 is the second fastest in D-II.

Other girls who qualified are Reed in the 800 and Sara Reed in the 100 hurdles. Delgado qualified in the long jump and is also a first alternate in the 400.

Willie Valdez will lead the boys team by qualifying for four events. He'll compete in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump and the long jump.

Joining Valdez at the state meet will be the boys 4x400 relay team consisting of David Haun, Trey Anthony, Kameron Comins and Brennan Cruz.

Comins also qualified for the 100 and the 400, while Anthony qualified for the 400, and Haun qualified for the 800. Cristian Gutierrez qualified for the shot put.

The KHS girls team finished in fourth place at the region meet, and the boys finished fifth.