The Parker Broncs’ cross country team may not be very big in size, but they’re making their presence felt. They had two runners who cracked the 20-minute mark on the boys’ side at the Ray Reynolds Meet, which was held Oct. 2 at Windsor Beach in Lake Havasu City.
Of the 47 runners on the boys’ side, Parker’s Curtis Felknor placed 12th at 19:38. He was just four seconds behind the No. 11 runner, Yuma Catholic’s Ignacio Gutierrez. Felknor was also just three seconds ahead of the No. 13 runner, his teammate Tyrell Manuel. He also broke 20 minutes as he came in at 19:41.
Another Parker runner, Stephan Mike, finished in the top half and came close to breaking the 20 minute mark as he placed 18th at 20:20.
The Lake Havasu Knights continue to have the strongest cross country team of schools on the Colorado River. They took seven of the top 10 spots on the boys’ side at the Reynolds Meet. The overall winner was the Knights’ Joshua Hansen, who came in at 16:51. He was ahead of the second place runner, Lake Havasu’s Brody Port, by more than a minute and 20 seconds. Port came in at 18:17. He was just two seconds head of the third place runner, River Valley’s Ulysses Short. His time was 18:19.
The Broncs had just one girl running on the girls’ side, Aleesha Begaye. She finished in the top half of the 31 runners as she came in 12th at 25:47.
The Knights weren’t quite as dominant on the girls’ side, winning five of the top 10 positions. Isabella Sloma was the overall winner at 21:17. She had a big lead on the second-place runner, her teammate, Alyssa Musselman, who came in at 22:29. Third place went to Isabel Torok of Yuma Catholic. Her time was 22:45.
Coach Paul Steinmiller said he was pleased with the results, and the progress the team is making.
“We ran a good race,” he said. “The boys finished strong. Curtis set a personal record for the season, and they improved over their times at the Reynolds meet last year.”
The Broncs will now take a break from competition until Wednesday, Oct. 16, when they will participate at the Running the River Meet in Mohave Valley. The time and location for this meet were not included on the athletic.net website as of press time.