Broncs cross country

Parker's Aleesha Begaye (left) and Curtis Felknor display the medals they won at the Ray Gomez Invitational Track Meet held Oct. 26 in Bullhead City. Begaye finished seventh in a field of 15 runners. Felknor placed eighth in a field of 50 runners, and was the only runner in the top 10 who wasn't from the Lake Havasu Knights or the Lee Williams Volunteers.

Parker cross-country runner Curtis Felknor has, in his sophomore year, joined the elite of cross country runners in the western part of the state. At the Ray Gomez Invitational held Oct. 26 in Bullhead City, he placed eighth in a field of 50 runners with a time of 18:07.16. He was the only runner in the top 10 who was not from the Lake Havasu Knights or the Lee Williams Volunteers of Kingman, the two most dominant cross country teams in the region.

A total of three Parker runners cracked 20 minutes at the Gomez meet. Tyrell Manuel placed 19th with a time of 19:15.99. Stephan Mike placed 22nd as he came in at 19:33.33.

Some familiar names took the top three spots. Joshua Hansen of Lake Havasu was first at 16:37.25. Elijah Davis of Lee Williams was second at 17:07.72, and Joshua Lumpkin of Lake Havasu placed third with a time of 17:15:22.

The Broncs didn’t have enough runners for team points. Not surprisingly, Lake Havasu and Lee Williams had the best team scores. The Knights had 22 points, while the Volunteers had 45. The Mohave Thunderbirds had 76, while the Kingman Bulldogs had 90.

There were just 15 runners on the girls’ side, and the Broncs’ top girl runner placed in the top half. Aleesha Begaye came in seventh at 23:34.93.

There were also some familiar names among the top girl runners. Lake Havasu’s 1-2 duo of Isabella Sloma and Alyssa Musselman placed first and second respectively. Sloma’s time was 20:47.32. She came close to breaking 20 minutes. While this is considered a landmark for boy runners, it’s rare for a girl to crack that time.

Musselman came in second at 21:30.77. Katalina Robinson of Lee Williams rounded out the top three with a time of 22:00.95.

In terms of team points, Lake Havasu had 7, Lee Williams had 18, and Kingman had 20.

Their next meet will be the Colorado River Regional Meet, which will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 30 at Lake Havasu High School. The Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV Section 1 meet will be held Wednesday Nov. 6 at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. This will determine who qualifies for the state Division IV meet, which will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Cave Creek Golf Course.

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