KINGMAN - Despite not having a single first-place finish, the Lee Williams girls track team came in third place behind winner Gila Ridge (209) and Lake Havasu (115) with 76.5 points. Kingman was fifth, scoring 59 points at the Havasu Last Chance Meet Wednesday in Lake Havasu City.
Though the Lady Vols couldn't get a first, they had several seconds to climb up the leader board. Zoey Proffitt was second in the 100 hurdles (18.11 seconds). Madison Arave was edged out in the long jump at 14-01, and the 4x800 relay team of Jackie Millim, Alondra Correa, Melisa Davis and Megan Barnes recorded a time of 11:00.74.
"The 4x800 girls improved by 16 seconds, which was the goal I set for them," said LWHS track coach Joan Abraham. "We want to go a few seconds faster on Saturday so we can cement a spot at state."
The Vols compete at the Bourgade Invitational in Phoenix Saturday, which is the last regular-season meet until the state preliminaries May 8.
The top 18 relay teams and top 26 individuals are invited to participate in the Division III state meet. The Lady Vols have several athletes in the top 30 who are trying to secure positions. Proffitt is No. 28 in the 100 hurdles, Davis is No. 20 in the 300 hurdles, and the 4x100 team is No. 26. The 4x800 team is No. 18.
Brianna Colbaugh is No. 13 in the shot put, but Abraham said a shoulder injury would keep Colbaugh out of the state event. Colbaugh is No. 19 in discus and is expected to compete in that event.
Emma Flores and Sadie Snay are tied for 29th in the high jump, Arave and Trysta Rucker are tied for 29th in the long jump and Marli Lauck is No. 22 in the triple jump.
Desirae Gonzalez led Kingman by taking first in both the shot put (36-03.5) and discus (109-03) for the Lady Bulldogs. Gonzalez is ranked No. 7 in the D-II shot put, and No. 10 in the discus.
Megan Gaul is hoping to reach the state meet in the high jump, where she is tied for 23rd at 4-11.
The Lee Williams boys team came in fourth out of 12 teams with 68.5 points. Gila Ridge made it a sweep with the boys win at 215, and Kingman was sixth with 39.
Shannon Townes led Lee Williams with a first-place in the high jump at 5-08.
No. 1-ranked Giancarlo Narvarte sat out the meet but is expected to compete Saturday.
Aside from Narvarte, the Vols hope to send more athletes to state.
Brendon Allred is ranked No. 20 in the 1,600 and 3,200, and Zach Moyd is No. 29 in the 3,200.
Kody Halliburton (21) and Nicholas Bauer (29) are in the mix in the 100 hurdles, and Kaleb Smith sits at No. 29 in the shot put.
Narvarte is also close in the triple jump, currently tied at No. 26.
The Kingman boys got a first from Abraham Ruelas in the shot put (42-08). He is currently ranked No. 17.