After Saturday's Thunderbird Invitational in Glendale, Kingman High Cross Country coach Anne Bathauer has her team set for the sectional meet on Oct. 27 - and they hope to do better this year.
"We didn't like what happened," Bathauer said of last's year's failure to qualify for the state meet. "The boys on paper had a team that should've made the state meet and this year's team hasn't looked as strong on paper but has worked phenomenally well together."
It was the first time KHS failed to qualify for the state meet in 18 years. They failed to qualify as a team by not placing in the top eight out of a total of 16 teams and not having a runner place in the top 20.
"We have high hopes, but we understand the competition level and we are going to be in a fight." Bathauer said. "We've done everything we could possibly do to prepare for this meet and as long as they leave it on the course, that's what I care about."
Paige Cardiff will lead the girls team, as she finished second in the junior/senior division last week with a time of 17:27. Joining her on the girls varsity squad will be Amanda Williams, Paulina Delgado, Olivia Anderson, Alexis Bathauer, Rachel Fondren and Hanna Olney.
Delgado finished seventh with a time of 19:27 while Olney was 17th (20:47), Anderson 19th (20:55), Alexis Bathauer 21st (21:11) and Fondren 22nd (21:16).
"The girls team has depth and all of these girls can run together and stay with the pack," Bathauer said.
The boys varsity squad will consist of Patrick Webb, Shaun Wooten, Jesse Marquez, Preston Hammond, Tanner Cardiff, Dominic Dubay and Ethan Swenson.
Webb finished fourth in the junior/senior division with a time of 15:07 while Wooten was 16th (15:55), Hammond 24th (16:21) and Swenson 25th (16:22).
Marquez placed fourth in the freshman/sophomore division with a time of 16:04. Tanner Cardiff was sixth (16:14) and Dubay was 18th (16:57)
"We are really excited and we will see what happens," Bathauer said. "We've had some great performances from our sophomores. I think this is a very cohesive team that works well together."