The Parker Broncs track team began its 2020 season this past week with two meets. At the Lake Havasu Multiple Meet held Feb. 26 at Lake Havasu High School, the Parker boys took some top spots in their events.
One of those events was the 300-meter hurdles, where Manuel Najera placed first with a time of 45.20 seconds. In the jumping events, Jessie Carrillo took the top spot in the triple jump as he went 36 feet-6 ½ inches. In the throwing events, Lathaniel McCowan has the best toss in the discus at 117 feet-8 inches.
The Broncs’ boys placed well in other events as well. Jesus Saucedo placed second in the 200-meters at 23.67 seconds, and he placed fourth in the 100-meters at 11.31 seconds. Four other Broncs placed in the top 20 in the 200 meters: Christian Lopez (11th, 25.45), Tyson Ross (14th, 25.99), Marcos Lamas (15th, 26.18) and Cooper Maniaci (18th, 26.49).
Ross placed seventh in the 400-meters with a time of 58.02 seconds. Two other Broncs placed in the top 20: Ayden Ruiz (16th, 1:00.54) and William Gama (19th, 1:01.32).
Curtis Felknor, who was the Broncs’ top cross country runner in the fall, proved himself a top long-distance runner. He placed 11th in the 800-meters at 2:29.13 and he placed eighth in the 1,600-meters (1 mile) at 5:25.36.
Another distance runner was William Gama, who placed 16th in the 800-meters at 2:33.69.
The boys’ 4 x 100 relay team of Christian Lopez, Jason Rodriguez, Manuel Najera and Jesus Saucedo placed fourth at 46.79 seconds.
In addition to winning the discus event, McCowan placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet-10 inches. Jacob Scott placed ninth at 34 feet-9 inches.
In the long jump, Ayden Ruiz placed sixth at 16 feet-10 inches while Jessie Carrillo placed 10th at 16 feet- 1 ½ inches.
In team scores, the Broncs placed fourth of the seven schools present with 57.5 points. They placed behind Lee Williams of Kingman (212), Lake Havasu (199) and Mohave of Bullhead City (92). They placed ahead of Kingman (37), Kingman Academy (18) and River Valley (2).
On the girls’ side, two Broncs won their events. Alicia Briones placed first in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet-5 inches. Demi Durham won the shot put competition with a toss of 31 feet-2 inches.
Briones also finished eighth in the 100-meters with a time of 14.20 seconds. Two other Parker girls placed in the top 20 in the 100-meters: Jasmine Martinez (12th, 14.57 seconds), and Haley Kidd (20th, 15.10 seconds).
In the 200-meters, two Broncs placed in the top 20: Jasmine Martinez (seventh, 30.42 seconds) and Haley Kidd (20th, 32.31 seconds). Renee Navarro just missed the top 20, coming in 21st at 32.46 seconds.
In the 400-meters, Durham and Aleesha Begaye placed seventh and eighth, with times of 1:11.02 and 1:11.78, respectively. Begaye also finished fifth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:56.22.
In addition to Durham, two other Broncs placed in the top 10 in the shot put. Tallia Robledo was fifth with a toss of 27 feet-8 inches, and Zitlally Corona was ninth at 24 feet-9inches. Corona also placed fifth in the discus at 77 feet-6 inches.
Durham was second in the high jump at 4 feet-6 inches, while Raelee Merritt was fourth at 3 feet-10 inches.
In team scores, the Bronc girls placed fourth of the seven schools at the meet. They had 58.5 points. They were behind Lake Havasu (251.5 points), Lee Williams (97), and Mohave (94). They placed ahead of Kingman Academy (49) Kingman (28) and River Valley (5).
Over the weekend, on Feb. 29, the Broncs participated in one of their biggest meets of the year, the 4th Annual Richard Thompson South Mountain Classic at South Mountain High School.
The Broncs’ next meet will be Saturday, March 7, when they go to the 5th Annual Small School Invitational at Chandler High School.