The Parker Broncs track team participated in one of their biggest meets of the year Saturday, March 7, and they also had a chance to see how they match up with other schools their size. This was the Fifth Annual Small School Invitational, and it was held at Chandler High School. It was smaller schools in Divisions III and IV only.
In team points, the Bronc boys placed 23rd of 28 schools at the meet. They had 7 team points. The overall winner was Snowflake, with 100 points. Lee Williams of Kingman was second with 61, and Arizona College Prep was right behind them with 60 points.
On the girls’ side, Snowflake was again the overall winner with 137.5 points. Coconino had 75.5 points, and Mingus Union was third with 68 points. The Parker girls placed 18th of the 33 schools present, with a total of 8 team points.
In the sprinting events, Jesus Saucedo as the top Bronc on the boys’ side. He placed 15th of 95 runners in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.68 seconds. He placed 13th of 88 runners in the 200-meter dash, as he came in at 23.70 seconds.
Marcos Lamas placed 22nd in the 100 meters at 11.96 seconds, while Christian Lopez placed 23rd in the 200 meters at 24.44 seconds.
In the distance events, William Gama and Curtis Felknor ran neck and neck in the 800 meters, and both finished in the top half of the 75 runners. Gama was 27th at 2:24.55, while Felknor was 28th at 2:25.65.
Felknor, who is also the Broncs’ top cross country runner, placed 22nd in the 1,600 meters (one mile) at 5:23.38.
Manuel Najera again placed well in the 300-meter hurdles, coming in 6th of 47 at a time of 43.84 seconds.
The boys 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams both had good finishes. The 4x400 team of Tyson Ross, Manuel Najera, Curtis Felknor and Jesus Saucedo placed 5th of 25 times with a time of 3:44.09. The 4x100 team of Christian Lopez, Manuel Najera, Jason Rodriguez and Jesus Saucedo placed 10th of 27 teams with a time of 46.20 seconds.
On the girls’ side, the best Bronc finish was Jasmine Martinez in the 100-meter dash. She placed 36th of 100 runners at 14.33 seconds.
Aleesha Begaye, who had been the Broncs’ top female cross country runner, placed well in two distance events. She was 10th of 26 runners in the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:14.82. The was 21st of 45 runners in the1,600 meters as she came in at 6:40.65.
Raelee Merrit held her own in the 100-meter hurdles as she placed 14th of 34 competitors with a time of 19.38 seconds.
Demi Durham proved herself again one of the top throwers in the state as she placed second of 68 competitors in the shot put. She made a toss of 33 feet-3 inches. Durham also placed 10th of 29 competitors in the high jump as she cleared 4 feet-4 inches.
Zitlally Corona also placed well as a thrower. He tossed the discus for 78 feet-8 inches, which was good enough for 13th of 63 competitors.
All track meets and other sporting events between now and March 30 have been canceled by the Arizona Interscholastic Association due to concerns over the coronavirus. As to whether this suspension of activities will be extended beyond March 30 has not been determined as of press time.