The Parker Broncs cross country team ran at Division III North Sectional Meet Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the Hidden Canyon Golf Course in Holbrook. While the team did not qualify for the state meet and none of the Broncs qualified individually, Coach Paul Steinmiller said they ran well and had a good season in what was a rebuilding year for the Broncs.
Steinmiller said the Broncs were running about three minutes slower than usual, and he credited this to Holbrook being at a much higher elevation than Parker.
It was also a long bus ride nearly across the state for the Broncs to get to the meet site. Holbrook is the seat of Navajo County.
The Broncs were also short-handed on runners.
“We were a couple of runners short,” Steinmiller said. He added this made it even more difficult to get the points they needed to qualify for the state meet.
On the boys’ side Juan Rangel and Nathaniel Morales had good runs for the Broncs, Steinmiller said.
On the girls’ side, Steinmiller said he was impressed with Veronica Sandoval. She had one of her best runs ever, and she placed first among the Bronc girls.
“She usually places second,” Steinmiller said.
As for the 2022 season, Steinmiller said he hopes the runners will come out again for cross country. He said they made a lot of growth and development this past season.
“This was a rebuilding year for us,” he said. “We had mostly freshmen, but they ran well in spite of that.”