The Parker Broncs’ cross country team is inviting the community to their first home meet of the season, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12. The boys will start at 4 p.m., while the girls are expected to start sometime around 4:30. Much of the action and the finish line will be in front of the grandstand at Joe Bush Stadium.
The team has a new coach this year. Paul Steinmiller has taken over for Doug Meale. Steinmiller said the Broncs are staying competitive for a small school.
The Broncs have appeared in one meet so far this year. It was held Sept. 5 at Lee Williams High School in Kingman. While the Broncs’ boys placed seventh of seven teams, Steinmiller noted this is a difficult course with a lot of hills. It was also their first meet of the season, and it was at a higher elevation than Parker.
Several runners have already impressed Steinmiller. They include a freshman, Curtis Selknor, and a senior in his first year of cross country, Donell Begay. Begay’s sister, Aleesha, is the fastest runner on the girls’ side.
Steinmiller said he’s impressed with what he’s seen with the team, even though they have a lot of new faces this year. He said he expects the team will do well as the season moves along.