Track's qualifying season gets into high gear

LWHS hosts CRR Qualifier today with KHS included as chances diminish

SHAWN BYRNE/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Megan Gaul successfully clears the bar at the Kingman High Multi April 2 for the Lady Bulldogs. Gaul is just two inches from the No. 23 spot in Division II after clearing 4 feet, 8 inches in Lake Havasu Wednesday.

SHAWN BYRNE/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Megan Gaul successfully clears the bar at the Kingman High Multi April 2 for the Lady Bulldogs. Gaul is just two inches from the No. 23 spot in Division II after clearing 4 feet, 8 inches in Lake Havasu Wednesday.

Time is running out for the local high school track teams and their athletes to qualify for the state championship meets May 8-10. The qualifying due date is next Wednesday, and the four squads were at the Havasu Last Chance Qualifier Wednesday in Lake Havasu.

The Kingman High boys team finished fourth in the 10-team event with 78 points, and Lee Williams was eighth with 26 points. Yuma Gila Ridge won the meet with 174.5.

On the girls side, Lee Williams was seventh with 39 points, Kingman took eighth with a score of 33, and Gila Ridge won with a total of 147.

Both schools have another chance to qualify at 11 a.m. today at LWHS in the Colorado River Region Qualifier. Kingman gets one more shot on Monday when the Bulldogs go to the Northwest Region Invitational at Deer Valley High in Glendale.

At the Havasu meet, Lee Williams' Brendon Allred made a big move in the 3,200 meters. Prior to the meet, Allred was ranked No. 32 - eight spots from qualifying. He finished third in Wednesday's race with a time of 10 minutes, 25.75 seconds. That time now has him ranked No. 19.

Giancarlo Narvarte is still ranked No. 2 in the high jump for Lee Williams. He cleared the height of 6 feet, 4 inches to win on Wednesday, matching his personal record that has him ranked so high. McGregor Octave has staked a claim in the triple jump for the Volunteers. His 39-10.50 mark has him ranked No. 17.

The Lady Volunteers have two athletes in qualifying position and several more knocking on the door. Brianna Colbaugh's shot put of 30-01 has her at No. 23, and Anastasia Lynch's discus throw of 95-11 has her No. 10.

The 4x100 relay team of Colbaugh, Marli Lauck, Kristen Finch and Rayann Robinson has a mark of 57.61 seconds, which positions them at No. 30. The team needs to finish in the top 16 for a spot at state. The 4x400 relay team of Noelle Araujo, Lauck, Megan Barnes and Robinson are ranked No. 21 with a time of 4:35.59.

Lauck in ranked No. 27 in the triple jump. Her best leap of 30-05.50 has her at No. 27. She's 2.25 inches from the No. 24 position.

Peyton Cardiff is the only member of the Kingman boys squad in the top 30. Cardiff is exactly No. 30 in the 800 at 2:02.92. He's less than one second from the No. 24 spot.

Paulina Delgado is ranked No. 8 in the 300 hurdles (47.38) for the Lady Bulldogs. She also holds the No. 19 position in the 100 hurdles (16.69). Previously, Delgado had been in the top 30 in the long and triple jumps, but her ranking has fallen in those events.

Megan Gaul needs at least two more inches in the high jump for the Lady Bulldogs. There are 11 athletes tied at No. 23 with clearances of 4-10. Gaul went over the bar at 4-08 at Wednesday's meet, taking second place.