KHS runners raise bar with successful weekend

Last year, Kingman High cross country coach Anne Bathauer was pleased with her team's third-place finish at The Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff.

After Saturday's running of the same meet, Bathauer was ecstatic.

The boys team, led by Patrick Webb, finished first in the ascent 5K run while the girls placed second. Both places are the highest finishes for either KHS team at the meet.

"They both brought home trophies," Bathauer said. "There were 16 teams in the girls division, so to finish in the top two teams was quite an accomplishment."

Webb finished with a time of 14:53, which was good enough for a first-place finish as the Bulldogs had a team score of 100 points - ahead of second-place Prescott at 108 and third place Gilbert with 113.

"I couldn't be more pleased," Bathauer said. "I had no idea how the boys would do. I thought they would do well, but I wasn't sure."

Sophomore Tanner Cardiff placed 22nd with a time of 19:32. Seniors Shaun Wooten and Ethan Swenson placed 28th and 29th with times of 19:40 and 19:41. Preston Hammond finished 32nd (19:43) and Jesse Marquez placed 41st (20:05)

"I'm beyond excited about the boys' performances this weekend," Bathauer said. "Last year I was excited with our third-pace finish because this isn't an easy meet. It's a tough course."

On the girls side, Paige Cardiff finished second with a time of 21:12 to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a second-place finish. According to Bathauer, it is the best placement for a girls team since a third-place finish in 1996 - the same year KHS ended up finishing third at the state meet.

"Our girls did very well," Bathauer said. "It was a great mix of 5A Division I and II plus some 4A and 3A schools"

Amanda Williams placed 10th with a time of 23:11. Olivia Anderson rounded out the top 20 with an 18th-place finish and a time of 21:41.

Other placers for the Lady Bulldogs included Mindy Bardin, 34th (25:02); Paulina Delgado, 37th (25:07); Alexis Bathauer, 49th (25:20); and Hanna Olney, 54th (25:35).

KHS will travel to the Ray Wherley Invitational Saturday in Prescott, where, after the success from last week, the bar has been raised.

"I have high expectations because this is a total time meet and with our kids running so close, I think our kids can do well," Bathauer said.

KHS Girls Golf

Bekah Van Krik shot a 40 last Wednesday to help lead Kingman High to a first-place finish at a triangular meet with Lake Havasu City and Glendale Ironwood.

The Lady Bulldogs shot a 193 to place them ahead of Havasu's 197 and Ironwood's 257.

KHS will host Havasu at 3 p.m. today.

KHS Boys golf

Gage Humphrey's 50 helped give the Bulldogs a second-place finish Thursday in Lake Havasu City.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 222, behind Lake Havasu's 168 and ahead of Bullhead City Mohave's 235.

Collin Stratton had a 55, while Josh Schanaman shot a 56 and Tyler Acuna had a 61.

KHS traveled to Flagstaff Tuesday for a match with Flagstaff Coconino, Page and Bullhead City Mohave. The Bulldogs will have their first match at home Thursday when they host Mohave, Flagstaff and Prescott.