The Parker Broncs’ cross country team is off and running on their 2019 season, and a pair of familiar names are leading the way. On the boys’ side, it’s Curtis Felknor. On the girls’ side, it’s Aleesha Begaye.
The Broncs had their first meet Sept. 11 at Lee Williams High School in Kingman. Of the 83 runners on the boys’ side, Felknor placed 12th overall as he came in at 20:28.00. The next best Parker runner was Tyrell Manuel, who placed 20th at 21:10.00.
The winner on the boys’ side was Lake Havasu’ Joshua Hansen at 18:16.00. Joseph Lumpkin of Lake Havasu was second at 19:06.00, while Lee Williams’ Cade Cantrell was third at 19:26.00.
In team points, with the team with the lowest score being the winner, Broncs placed fifth of the eight teams present with 126 points. They placed behind the Lake Havasu Knights (28), the Lee Williams Volunteers (48), the Kingman Bulldogs (111) and the Mohave Thunderbirds (114).
Parker did not have enough girls running to qualify for team points, but Begaye led the Broncs and placed 15th of the 37 total runners with a time of 27:09.00. Her teammate, Alicea Moreno, placed 22nd with a time of 29:58.00.
Isabella Sloma of Lake Havasu came in first at 23:22.00. Laughlin, Nev. didn’t have enough runners to qualify for team points, but one of their runners, Leslie Quintero, placed second at 24:04.00. Another Lake Havasu runner, Alyssa Musselman, placed third at 24:17.00.
In team points, Lake Havasu was again the winner with 25. Lee Williams had 36, Kingman had 80 and Needles, Calif. had 86. There were 63 runners.
The Broncs had their second meet at home. The Parker Multiple Meet was held Sept. 18 at Parker High School. The Bronc boys had a better performance this time around, as they shaved 25 points off their score from the Lee Williams meet. They placed third of the six teams at the meet, behind Lake Havasu with 24 and Lee Williams with 43.
Felknor and Manuel were racing each other almost as much as they were racing the other runners. They finished in almost a tie for 15th place, but Felknor won by a nose. He came in 15th at 20:53.00. Manuel was right behind him by only three seconds as he placed 16th at 20:56.00.
There were some familiar names among the top runners on the boys’ side. Lake Havasu’s Joshua Hansen was first at 17:35.00. Lee Williams’s Cade Cantrell was second at 19:07.00. Rounding out the top three was Brady Port of Lake Havasu at 19:19.00.
There were just 23 runners on the girls’ side. Begaye was again the top runner for the Broncs as she placed 5th at 25:29.00. Moreno was 13th at 28:36.00.
There were more familiar names among the top girl runners. Isabella Sloma of Lake Havasu was first at 24:05. Her teammate Alyssa Musselman was right behind her in second at 24:24.00. Coming in third was a freshman, Katalina Robinson of Lee Williams at 25:04.
In team scores, Lake Havasu was again first with 19, Lee Williams was second with 41, and Kingman was third with 65.
The Broncs have two meets this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, they’ll be at the Kingman Multiple Meet at Kingman High School. The meet starts at 4 p.m. Among the teams scheduled at attend are Kingman, Kingman Academy, Lake Havasu and Lee Williams.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Broncs will participate in what is traditionally one of their biggest meets of the year, the Mark Weston Meet in Lake Havasu City. Among the schools scheduled to attend are Kingman Academy, Mohave, River Valley, Lake Havasu, and Needles, Calif. The meet starts at 8 a.m. at the Bridgewater Links Golf Course.