Haun, Cardiff lead KHS in tune-up for sectional

KINGMAN - David Haun and Paige Cardiff led Kingman High at the Thunderbird Invitational last week, one last tune-up before the sectional cross country meet.

Haun finished sixth among juniors and seniors with a time of 15:50 while Cardiff finished fourth with a time of 18:36.

"Paige continues to be one of the top runners in the state," KHS coach Anne Bathauer said. "I still think she's under the radar. People know she's out there, but they don't know where she is at. She is going to be one to watch at the sectional meet."

The Bulldogs will travel to the sectional Saturday where they hope to place in the top eight of 16 teams in order to qualify for the Division I State Meet Nov. 5.

"With us being in one of the toughest regions, it's not going to be easy," Bathauer said. "What we have to do in the next week, it's going to be difficult, but I believe we can get there. It will be up to the kids when we get there on race day."

The good news for Bathauer is most of her team is healthy again, with the only question mark coming on the girls side with freshman Amber Simpson, who is nursing a shin splint. If she can't go then expect sophomore Haley Moore to fill in for her.

"We are mentally ready. It's just going come down to what happens when we get down there," said Bathauer of the sectional meet. "The goal is to qualify everyone for state. We have to be in the top eight teams. It's not going to be an easy task."

Amanda Williams led KHS in the freshman/sophomore race by placing second with a time of 19:51. Other Lady Bulldogs runners were Simpson, sixth (21:10); Rachael Fondren, ninth (21:17); and Moore, 16th (22:24).

On the boys side, Patrick Webb placed third among freshman/sophomores with a time of 15:53 while Tanner Cardiff finished 34th (18:21).

"We've improved at every race that we have gone to," Bathauer said. "It's been an excellent season. I'm excited about the week to come."