The Parker Broncs’ track team competed in two meets this past week. On Feb. 28 and 29, they were at one of the biggest meets they’ll see this season, the Richard Thompson South Mountain Classic at South Mountain High School in Phoenix. On Wednesday, March 4, they were at the Lake Havasu Multiple Meet at Lake Havasu High School.


Richard Thompson South Mountain Classic

The Parker Broncs participated in one of their biggest meets of the year Feb. 28 when they competed in the Richard Thompson South Mountain Classic at South Mountain High School. There were 21 schools on the boys’ side and 17 on the girls’ side. Most events had 40 to 60 competitors.

On the boys’ side, Manuel Najera had a good day, and was the only Bronc to place in the top ten in his events. He placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.18 seconds. He also placed sixth in the triple jump as he went 39 feet-2 inches.

The Parker throwers proved they could be among the best around with their performances. Lathaniel McCowan placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 37 feet-6 inches, while Jacob Scott placed 23rd with 34 feet-4 inches. McCowan placed 19th in the discus with a throw of 94 feet-4 inches.

The best finish for a Parker runner was Curtis Felknor, who placed 24th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:22.78.

On the girls’ side, the throwers did very well. Demi Durham placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 30 feet-6 inches. Tallia Robledo placed 10th at 28 feet- 11 ½ inches and Zitlally Corona placed 20th at 29 feet-11 ½ inches.

In the other throwing event, the discus, Corona placed fifth at 86 feet, while Stephanie Miller placed 20th at 63 feet.

Durham placed fourth in the high jump as she cleared 4 feet-10 inches.

Parker placed 19th of the 21 schools on the boys’ side with 6 points. The winner in team points was Chandler with 150.83 points. Valley Vista was second at 144.83 points, while Betty H. Fairfax was third at 52 points.

The Parker girls placed 13th of the 17 schools on the girls’ side with 11.5 points. The girls’ team winner was Chandler with 260 points. North Canyon had 122.5 points and Westwood had 64 points.

Lake Havasu Multiple Meet

The Broncs track team’s next outing was the Havasu Multiple Meet, which was held March 4 at Lake Havasu High School. This was a much smaller meet than the one at South Mountain. There were seven school on the boys’ and girls’ sides. In addition to Parker, they included Lake Havasu, Yuma Catholic, Mohave, Kingman, Kingman Academy and River Valley.

On the boys’ side, the Broncs’ runners placed better than they did at South Mountain. Christian Lopez won the 200 meters with a time of 23.82 seconds. Manuel Najara placed first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.97 seconds.

Four Broncs placed in the top 20 of the 100-meter dash. Jesus Saucedo was fourth at 11.25 seconds, Kooper Maniaci was eighth at 11.53 seconds, and Marcos Lamas was 13th at 11.65 second.

In addition to Lopez, three other Broncs placed in the top 20 in the 200-meter dash. Damian Najera was eighth at 25.63 seconds, Anthony Taylor as 13th at 26.17 seconds, and Raymond Delgado was 16th at 26.91 seconds.

Two Broncs placed in the top 10 in the 400 meters. Tyson Ross was sixth at 56.33 seconds and William Gama was 10th at 59.60 seconds.

In the distance running events, Curtis Felknor placed sixth in the 800 meters and the 1,600 meters. His time in the 800 meters was 2:20.63 while his time in the 1,600 meters was 5:13:31. Gama also placed well in the 800 meters, coming in 11th with a time of 2:26.23.

In the relay races, Parker’s 4x100 team of Christian Lopez, Jason Rodriguez, Marcos Lamas and Jesus Saucedo placed third at 46.35 seconds. In the 4x400 relay, Tyson Ross, Manuel Najara, Curtis Felknor and Jesus Saucedo placed second at 3:47.63.

The throwing events saw Lathaniel McCowan place first in the discus at 116 feet. He also placed third in the shot put at 37 feet-1 inch. Jacob Scott placed eighth in the shot put at 34 feet-9inches.

Najara placed second in the triple jump at 36 feet-6 inches. Right behind him was Jessie Carrillo who placed third at 35 feet-11 inches. Ryan Messer placed ninth in the long jump at 17 feet-5 inches.

On the girls’ side, two Broncs placed in the top 20 in the 100-meter dash. Jasmine Martinez came in fourth at 13.77 seconds while Haley Kidd was just one second behind her as she came in 18th at 14.77 seconds.

Renee Navarro placed eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 31.09 seconds.

Martinez placed sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:09.19. Aleesha Begaye placed ninth at 1:10.69. Begaye also placed second in the 800 meters at 2:51.89.

In the throwing events, Demi Durham placed first in the shot put at 31 feet-9 inches. She wasn’t the only Bronc in the top 10:  Tallia Robledo was fifth at 28 feet-8 inches and Zitlally Corona was eighth at 26 feet.

Corona won the discus event with a toss of 77 feet-2 inches. Stephanie Miller placed ninth at 64 feet.

Durham placed second in the high jump as she cleared 4 feet-4 inches.

On the boys’ side, the Broncs placed fourth with 80.5 points. Lake Havasu was the team points champion with 230.5 For the girls, Parker was third with 60 points. Lake Havasu was also the girls’ team points champion with 287.

The Broncs’ participated in the Fifth Annual Small School Invitational at Chandler High School. This meet was for schools from Divisions 3 and 4 only.

As for their next meet, the Broncs will take a break until Saturday, March 21, when they’ll compete in the MEC Track & Field Invitational at Mohave High School.


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