The Parker Broncs cross country team ran in three meets this past two weeks, and a freshman Bronc succeeded in reaching a milestone for cross country runners in two of them.
Curtis Felknor broke the 20-minute mark in the first two meets. At the Kingman Academy Tigers Invitational held Sept. 26 in Kingman, he placed 11th of 66 runners with a time of 19:34.7. He broke the 20-minute mark again at the Mark Weston Invitational that was held Sept. 29 at the Bridgewater Links Golf Course in Lake Havasu City. He came in at 19:56, with was good enough for 8th place among 53 runners.
At the Ray Reynolds Meet held Oct. 3 at Windsor Beach State Park, Felknor came close to breaking the 20-minute mark for a third time. However, he came in at 20:02. That was good enough for 11th place out of 68 runners.
Felknor has become the Broncs’ top runner this year. Donall Begaye, a senior in his first year of running cross country, is also among the Broncs’ best. He placed 19th at the Kingman meet with a time of 20:44.5, and 14th at the Mark Weston meet with a time of 20:26.
On the girls’ side, Aleesha Begaye was Parker’s top runner in Kingman as she placed 14th of 36 runners with a time of 25:06.59. She was also the top Bronc runner at the Rey Reynolds meet as she placed 16th with a time if 26:27.
The overall winner of the Kingman race was Joshua Hansen of the Lake Havasu Knights. His time was 17:15.5. The Knights also won in team points with 29. Parker placed fifth of the six teams at the meet.
The winner of the girls’ race in Kingman was Darleen Bland of the Lee Williams Volunteers of Kingman. Her time was 21:28.09. Lee Williams also was the team points winner. The Broncs did not have enough runners to qualify for team points.
There were no team scores at the Mark Weston race, but local runner Hansen was the overall winner. His time was 16:58. He made it three-for three when he also won the Ray Reynolds Meet with a time of 17:36. Sydney Huffman of Lake Havasu was the girls’ winner at the Ray Reynolds meet with a time of 21:26.
The Broncs have a break until Oct. 17, when they’ll be running in the “Running the River” event in Bullhead City.