The Parker Broncs’ track team is getting ready for the 2019 state meet, which will be held May 3 and 4 at Mesa Community College. Assistant Coach Nick Uden said it looks like Parker will be sending more athletes to the state meet than they ever have.
The Parker Broncs’ track team competed last week in their final two meet before the state meet. At the “Last Chance” state qualifier meet held April 17 in Lake Havasu City, there were some familiar names among the top placers.
In running events, Jesus Saucedo placed first in the 200 meters at 24.75 seconds and second in the 100 meters at 12.12 seconds. James Parks placed fifth in the 200 meters at 25.46 seconds.
In the longer distances, Curtis Felknor placed second in the 1,600 meters (1 mile) at 5:16.76 and seventh in the 800 meters at 2:15.40. Stephan Mike placed seventh in the 1,600 meters at 5:35.53.
While three Parker runners placed in the back of the pack in the 3,200 meters, they all set personal records of this event. Stephan Mike was eighth at 11:58.48, Curtis Felknor was ninth at 12:04.83, and Anthony Taylor was 10th at 14:06.42.
The race in the boys’ 4 x 100 relay was very close, with all four teams (Lake Havasu, Lee Williams, Cibola and Parker) within just over half a second of each other. The Broncs’ team of Jason Rodriguez, Axel Gonzalez, Jesus Saucedo and James Parks placed fourth at 45.79 seconds. Lake Havasu came in first at 45.26 seconds.
Uden noted Parker’s 4 x 100 boys’ team is rated No. 4 in Division 4 in the state.
In throwing events, Lathaniel McCowan placed 11th in both the shot put and the discus. His toss in the shot put was 35 feet-11 inches, while he threw the discus for 102 feet-4 inches.
Seth Hannibal Fisher was 14th in the shot put at 32 feet-1 inch and seventh in the discus at 107 feet-9 inches.
The Broncs have done very well in the jumping events this season, but they had only a few jumpers at the April 17 meet. Cody Weathersby took first in the high jump and set a new personal record of 6 feet-4 inches. Austin Allen was second in the triple jump with a leap just over 38 feet. This was also a personal record.
On the girls’ side, Demi Durham continued her domination of the shot put as she placed first with a new personal record of 30 feet-10 inches. She also placed third in the high jump at 4 feet-7 inches.
In running events, Haley Kidd placed 13th in the 100 meters at 13.12 seconds.
In the longer running events, Aleesha Begaye placed fourth in the 800 meters at 2:52:01.
Casandra Sandoval placed fifth and set a personal record in the long jump at 13 feet-11.5 inches.
On April 20, the Parker Broncs competed at the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational in Prescott. The boys’ 4 x 100 team placed third out of 16 teams- they came in at 45.6 seconds, which now ranks No. 4 in Arizona, Division 4.
Claudia Snyder had a great meet, hitting personal records in the 100 and 200 meters. She came in at 14.5 seconds in the 100 meters, and at 30.2 in the 200 meters.
Assistant Coach Nick Uden said he was proud of what the team accomplished this year.
“I’m very proud of every athlete that made this year a historic year for Parker Track and Field,” he said. “I look forward to the future, and encourage everyone to come be a part of the success we are starting in Parker.”