Cardiff adds to medal haul at state meet

RODNEY HAAS/Miner <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Paige Cardiff (right) crosses the finish line in the 800 meter race Wednesday at the state Division I track meet in Mesa. Cardiff broke the school record with a time of 2:19.71 and placed third overall at state. Saturday she broke another school record in the 3200, crossing the finish line in 11:31.25. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

RODNEY HAAS/Miner <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Paige Cardiff (right) crosses the finish line in the 800 meter race Wednesday at the state Division I track meet in Mesa. Cardiff broke the school record with a time of 2:19.71 and placed third overall at state. Saturday she broke another school record in the 3200, crossing the finish line in 11:31.25. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - Already holding school records in the 800 and the 1600 meters races, Paige Cardiff added another to her resume Saturday at the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II track meet in Mesa.

Cardiff finished fourth in the 3200 with a time of 11:31.25, eclipsing the previous record of 11:33.

"She was ranked ninth going in and we wanted to put her in a good situation," KHS coach Anne Bathauer said.

Cardiff broke the school record in the 1600 when she ran a 5:08.71 at the Northwest Regional meet May 7 and broke the record for the 800 after she ran a 2:19.71 Wednesday at the state meet.

Going into the meet the sophomore was ranked in the top 10 in all three of her events and wound up with second (1600), third (800) and fourth place finishes, and could be looked at as a favorite to win several events next year.

As a team, KHS girls finished 13th with 21 points while the boys finished 29th with five points.

Sara Reed finished seventh in the finals of the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.28 and Trey Anthony placed seventh in the 400 meters finals with a 51.36.

"When the competition is so strong, as a coach and an athlete you have to be so proud because his hard work all year paid off by making finals at state," Bathauer said.

Anthony, a senior, will attend Northern Arizona in the fall and compete for the Lumberjacks track team.

"He has a huge amount of athletic potential and he will do great in college," Bathauer said.

Other finishers from Saturday included David Haun, 14th in the 800 (2:00.39); and Willie Valdez, seventh in triple jump (43-08).