Prep Track: Cardiff soars over competition as Vols take 2nd at Route 66 Invite
KINGMAN – Two and a half weeks is quite a while to be out of competition, especially when you miss two local track meets.
Drew Cardiff didn’t let that stop him though.
The Lee Williams junior made up for lost time with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches to take first in the high jump at the Route 66 Invitational.
“Coming back from an IT band strain, jumping is really hard on that muscle,” Cardiff said. “So I just had to come back mentally ready, I had to dig deep and pull out the win.”
Cardiff may have won the event, but he had higher aspirations – setting a new personal record at 6-feet, 7-inches.
His best shot at clearing the height came on his first try, but he couldn’t make it over.
“I almost got it,” Cardiff said.
The next two attempts didn’t go as planned, but Cardiff proved he is making his way back to full strength as the state meet approaches.
He also placed fourth in the 800 with a personal best 2:09.41 and joined A.J. Herrera, Cayden Robles and Elijah Davis to take first in the 4x800 relay at 8:52.94.
The Vols only had one more top finish as Herrera, Robles, Chris Marcus and Kameron Toms ran a 3:32.45 to take first in the 4x400 relay.
Lee Williams finished with 140 points for second behind Lake Havasu with 200 points.
Robles tallied a second-place finish in the 800 (2:07.19), while Elijah Davis took third in the 1,600 at 4:58.15 and Herrera finished in second in the high jump at 5-feet, 11-inches.
The duo of Toms and Christion Martinez continued their success in the 100 as Toms finished second (11.61), followed by Martinez in fourth at 11.69.
The 200 wasn’t as close as Toms finished second with a 23.17 and Martinez set a new personal record of 23.43 for fourth.
Kingman’s Jamal Cash completed a sweep of the 110 and 300 hurdles, winning the events at each of the three local meets.
He ran a 15.27 in the 110 to edge Lee Williams’ Enzo Marino (15.58) and then set a new personal best in the 300 at 40.87, while Marino was second with a 41.52.
Cash rounded out his successful performance with a second-place finish in the long jump at 20-feet, 0.25 inches.
The Bulldogs finished in fifth with 39.5 points, while Kingman Academy was 10th.
Lady Vols take second
Lee Williams narrowly squeaked by Lake Havasu earlier in the week at the Vols Multi, but that wasn’t the case this time as the Lady Knights tallied 205 points for a meet title.
The Lady Vols finished in second (139 points), followed by Kingman Academy in seventh and Kingman in 10th.
Darleen Bland ran a 1:00.83 to win the 400, while finishing third in the 100 (13.42). Bland joined Amelia Brackett, Lillian Rapp and Sadie Serrano for a top finish in the 4x100 relay at 52.77 as well as first in the 4x400 with Alexis Hecker, Alize Hecker and Brooke Lander.
Serrano continued her successful day with first-place finishes in the high jump (4-feet, 11-inches) long jump (15-feet, 4.5-inches).
Lee Williams senior Kaira Monson tossed the discus 89-feet, 8-inches for second and teammate Stephanie Broadbent also finished second in the shot put at 29-feet, 6.5-inches.
Both distances were personal bests.
The Hecker sisters took care of business in the 800 as both set new personal records.
Alexis was second at 2:36.06, while Alize was close behind at 2:38.06 for third.
Kingman Academy’s Dasia Heidorf notched a pair of top finishes, taking third in the 200 (27.20) and fourth in the 100 at 13.54.
Meanwhile, Kingman’s Tatum Rader set a new personal best in the 400 at 1:04.75 and Academy’s Mia Martinez also had a personal record of 1:08.19 for seventh.
Martinez added an eighth-place finish in the 800 (2:53.38).
Academy’s Kaelene Alleman rounded out the top performers by taking sixth in the 300 hurdles at 55.95.
Lee Williams, Kingman and Academy are back in action at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for the Lake Havasu Last Chance meet.