It has become traditionally one of the biggest track meets the Parker Broncs compete in every year. The Lake Havasu Rotary Invitational Meet was held April 10 at Lake Havasu High School.
In addition to the Broncs, seven other schools sent athletes. They included the host school, Lake Havasu. Other schools included Mohave of Bullhead City, Lee Williams and Kingman Academy of Kingman, Yuma Catholic, Wickenburg and Salome.
In team scores, Lake Havasu was the winner on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. The boys had 295 points, while the girls had 25.5. For the boys, Mohave was second at 84.5 and Lee Williams was third at 52. For the girls, Lee Williams was second with 203.5 while Yuma Catholic was third at 87.
The small Parker team made its presence known in several events. On the boys’ side, William Gama placed eighth in the 400 meters at 58.95 seconds and 10th in the 800 meters at 2:20.06.
Trevor Elliott placed 13th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.71 seconds. Coach Nick Uden noted Elliott is a freshman and shows a lot of potential.
Marion Elmer came in 18th in the 400 meters with a time of 1:06.20.
Jason Lyons placed 13th in the discus with a toss of 81 feet-2 inches. Uden said this was an incredible improvement for him as his previous best was 63 feet.
On the girls’ side, Taliyah Welch, Haley Kidd and Demi Durham were outstanding. Welch placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at 19.34 seconds and 10th in the 100-meter dash at 14.59 seconds.
Kidd placed 18th in the 100-meter dash at 15.57 seconds and 15th in the 200-meter dash at 33.29 seconds.
Durham placed 13th in the 200-meter dash at 32.17 seconds. She also placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 28 feet-8 inches, and second in the high jump at 4 feet-6 inches.
Other Parker girls who placed well included Stephanie Miller, who was 11th in the discus with a toss of 64 feet-9 inches. Maria Martinez was 16th in the discus with a toss of 55 feet-9 inches.
“A positive of the meet and our season overall is the teams work ethic and ability to progress,” Uden said. “We have a lot of first time track and field participants, they’re very coachable and supportive of each other. It’s a fun group to be around.”
The Broncs will now take a break from competing until Saturday, April 24, when they travel to Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley for the BMHS Bears Invitational.