The Parker Broncs’ cross country team participated in two meets this past week, but only one of the counted. They ran at the Kingman Multiple Meet Sept. 25 in Kingman, but Coach Paul Steinmiller said that, due to a registration mix-up, their times didn’t count.
The Broncs had better luck at the Mark Weston Invitational meet held Sept. 28 in Lake Havasu City. Steinmiller said the team had some runners out due to family trips over fall break, but they still had three medal winners.
There were 49 runners on the boys’ side, and Parker’s Curtis Felknor placed 11th and broke 20 minutes as he came in at 18:51. A second Parker runner, Tyrell Manuel, also broke 20 minutes. He came in 15th with a time of 19:16.
On the girls’ side, Parker had just one runner, Alicea Moreno. She placed 13th at 26:07. There were 20 girls running.
The overall winner on the boys’ side was Joshua Hansen of Lake Havasu at 16:11. Two runners from Brawley, Calif. placed second and third: Christopher Carrillo at 16:20 and Albert Rodriguez at 16:33.
Another hometown favorite, Isabella Sloma of Lake Havasu, won on the girls’ side, coming in at an even 20:00. Alissa Moreno of Brawley was second at 20:16. Another Lake Havasu girl, Alyssa Musselman, was third at 21:56.
Although team scores weren’t counted at this meet, Lake Havasu and Brawley were the big competitors among the teams. On the boys’ side, five of the top 10 runners were from Brawley while four were from Lake Havasu. The other runner was from River Valley.
It was the same dominance by Lake Havasu and Brawley on the girls’ side. Five of the top 10 runners were from Brawley while four were from Lake Havasu. The other runner was from Kingman Academy.
Steinmiller said he likes how the season is going for the Broncs. He said three runners on the boys’ side, Felknor, Manuel and Stefan Mike, have proven to be very competitive, and all three have broken 20 minutes.
On the girls’ side, Aleesha Begaye broke the Parker High school record last year, and she wants to do it again this year.
“We’re really strong this year,” Steinmiller said. “We had some new runners qualify for after the fall break. We’re competing in every meet.”
Steinmiller said their goal is for the entire boys’ team to qualify for the state meet.
The Broncs’ have only one meet this week. The Ray Reynolds Meet will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Windsor Beach in Lake Havasu City. In addition to Parker, schools that have signed up include Lake Havasu, Kingman, Kingman Academy, Lee Williams, Mohave, Needles, River Valley and Yuma Catholic. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m.