David Bell/News-Herald Photo. PHS’ Rosa Mercado (1) blasts out of the starting blocks during her heat in the 100-meter dash at the Havasu Last Chance Qualifier track and field meet at Thunderbolt Middle School, Wednesday. She finished ninth overall, with a time of 15.05 seconds.

Knights 2nd, Broncs 8th at Last Chance Qualifier

By DAVID BELL Today's News-Herald Published Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:37 PM MST

LAKE HAVASU CITY — The Bulldogs swept the last track and field meeting of the season between Mohave and La Paz County schools, Wednesday.

Kingman High School won the boys’ side of the Havasu Last Chance Qualifier track and field meet, Wednesday, at Thunderbolt Middle School, with a team score of 225.5 points. Host Lake Havasu High School was second with 103 points, followed by Yuma Catholic with 78.5, Yuma Kofa with 67, Yuma High School with 66, Bullhead City Mohave with 61, River Valley with 40.5 and Parker with 24.5.

On the girls’ side, KHS scored 212.5 points to win while Kofa was second with 128 points. LHHS was third with 94.33 points, followed by Mohave with 90.5, Yuma Catholic with 62 ad River Valley with 23. YHS didn’t bring a girls team and PHS didn’t bring enough girls to qualify for a team score.

For the boys, the home Fighting Knights’ sole win came in the discus, courtesy of Nic Cooke. Cooke won with a distance of 133 feet 2 inches. Teammate Brandon Vedder was third at 124-08.

For the Lady Knights, Jennifer Lunsford got the win in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.30 seconds. Lunsford is provisionally qualified for the state finals in the event.

“I’ve been cheering my athletes on as best I can but it’s tough when I’m so busy running the meet,” said LHHS head coach Julie Hofman. “We have some provisional times (qualifying for the state finals). But with the new system, even though 70 may have provisionally qualified, only the Top 24 go. So we need to get some automatic qualifying scores.”

Parker’s Robert Harris grabbed the Broncs’ lone win, a 5-08 leap to win the high jump. Harris is provisionally qualified for the state finals in three events — the high jump, long jump and the 110M hurdles — and automatically qualified in the triple jump.

The Lady Broncs’ top finisher was Rosa Mercado, who took a ninth place finish in the 100M in 15.05. Katie Vandiver also grabbed a ninth place in the discus with a distance of 76 feet 4 inches. Vandiver also finished 13th in the shot put at 22-01.

Kingman swept the dashes and middle distance races on the boys’ side, with Kameron Comins winning the 100M dash in 11.74 seconds, Trey Anthony winning the 200M (23.33) and the 400M (50.79) and David Haun taking the 800M in 1:59.18.

“This was a great meet,” said KHS head coach Anne Bathauer. “David Haun set a new school record in the 800 (meters). And even though she's already qualified for state, Paige (Cardiff) was three seconds faster than her qualifying time in the 800M. For a Wednesday meet, there were some great performances. Lots of PR's (personal records).”

Kingman also took both hurdles events, with William Valdez winning the 110M in 16.01 seconds and Brendon Cruz edging Valdez in the 300M in 41.84.

Valdez grabbed two other victories, in the long jump (19-05.5) and the triple jump (42-10.5). And Haun led two Bulldog relay teams — the 4x400 and the 4x800 — to victories.

River Valley’s Ryan Wright swept the boys’ long distance runs, winning the 1600M in 4:53.88 and the 3200M in 10:30.18.

“Ryan was excellent today,” said RVHS head coach Randall Guzik. “Tiffany Harms set a PR in the discus. Emily Baird PR'd in the discus too. And the relay teams are doing well even with their anchor (Robert Cooper) is doing something else today. Now we just hope to be healthy for state.”

Yuma Catholic’s Paul Corona set a meet record in the pole vault, clearing 14-09. Second was LHHS’ Colton Simms, with a personal best 12-06.

Yuma Kofa and Kingman battled it out for supremacy in the girls’ events on the track. Kofa won the 200M, the 400M, 3200M, the 300M hurdles and the 4x100M and 4x400M relays.

While Kingman’s Paulina Delgado won the 100M (13.73), Cardiff won the 800M (2:20.37) and the 1600M (5:24.94). and Alexis Bathauer, Shannon Johnson, Taylor Reed and Heather Weninger won the 4x800M relay. Delgado also won the long jump (15-11.5) and Sara Reed won the high jump (4-10).

Bullhead City Mohave scored two win, both on the girls’ side. Lady T-bird Stevie Jackson won the discus with a distance of 104-03, almost 10 feet more than second place. And Blair Benefield won the pole vault with a height of 8-10.

“I know we had some good times put up by some of the kids today,” said MHS head coach Phil Andreas. “This is a make it or break event for a lot of the kids, to get a chance to qualify for state. We've got the talent, we just have to have the guys that put it all together at the same time.”

LHHS has one more chance to qualify athletes, when the Knights host the Gila Valley Regional track and field event, Saturday, at Thunderbolt Middle School. Participating will be LHHS, YHS, Kofa, Yuma Gila Ridge, Yuma Cibola and San Luis.

Things kick off with pole vault, high jump and preliminaries in long jump, discus and shot put at 9:30 a.m. Track events get underway at 10 a.m.

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