Photo by JC Amberlyn.
KINGMAN - Scoring first-place finishes in six events vaulted the Kingman High boys track team to the team win at Wednesday's Lake Havasu Preseason Multiple, the first meet of the 2014 track season.
Kingman finished with 204 points, 12 better than Lake Havasu's 192.
"Our conditioning is suspect, but we had real good effort from everyone," said KHS coach Bob York. "We'll work on conditioning next week with it being spring break and not having meets."
Tanner Cardiff gave Kingman the win in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes 11.13 seconds. Abraham Ruelas won the discus with a throw of 125 feet, and York thought it could have flown farther.
"Abraham is having trouble getting it up in the air," the coach said. "His 125 feet was about 8 feet off the ground. It could have been 140."
Taylor Ferrin won the long jump for the Bulldogs with a leap of 18-05. Kingman won the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays and swept the top five places in the 110-meter high hurdles. Ferrin was first at 17.71 and was followed by Collin Stratton, Manuel Tadeo, Steven Bonfield and Daniel Lavertue.
"They've been working real hard on technique," York said about the hurdlers. "At this point in the season, technique will go a long way to getting to the finish line first."
Lee Williams boys
The Volunteers finished with a respectable 81 points, good enough for fourth place and ahead of River Valley and Parker at the meet.
"I was quite happy with results from the meet," said LWHS coach Joan Abraham. "It was a rough week here at LWHS and our practices were not as productive as we would have wanted. The kids are still dealing with the loss of Kailey Shuffler and that did affect most of them."
Shuffler had volunteered the past two years at Lee Williams and was a student favorite.
Lee Williams did win three events. Brendon Allred gave the Volunteers a win in the 3,200 with a time of 10:45.61. He beat Kingman's Patrick Webb by 44 seconds.
"He has worked hard in the offseason and really wants to make the state qualifying time," Abraham said.
Giancarlo Narvarte equaled his career best by clearing 6 feet in the high jump for first place. McGregor Octave won the triple jump for Lee Williams with a total of 37 feet. Octave hauled in the most points for the Volunteers with fourth-place finishes in the high and long jumps as well.
"He was very excited and couldn't wait to get some more practice in on all three events," the coach said. "He is feeling pretty motivated right now."
Paulina Delgado won three events, placed second in a fourth and recorded a state provisional time for the Lady Bulldogs at the meet. Delgado won the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the triple jump. She was second in the long jump.
"Delgado gave us a good effort," York said.
Kingman finished third in the meet.
"The girls' numbers are way down, but everyone is working real hard," the coach said. "We should be all right."
Lee Williams girls
The Volunteers' girls team matched the boys' effort with a fourth-place finish, again ahead of River Valley and Parker. Anastasia Lynch was second in the discus with a throw of 88-07.
"She threw 96-3 in practice this week and was disappointed in her throw," Abraham said. "She is doing great and is motivated to that automatic qualifying distance."
Lynch's throw has already put her in the provisional ranks for state.
The Kingman and Lee Williams squads are scheduled to be at the Buckeye Invitational Saturday.