The Parker Broncs cross country team ran in the Colorado River Regional Meet Oct. 30 at Lake Havasu High School, but they had some problems. Coach Paul Steinmiller said running against the high winds gave them some trouble, as did the cold temperatures. They also had trouble with the course at Lake Havasu High School, a good portion of which was uphill. Despite this, they emerged with an all-region runner.
Aleesha Begaye was named an all-region runner after she placed eighth in a field of 23 runners. Her time was 23:56. Begaye, a senior, has been the Broncs’ top female runner for the last two years.
On the boys’ side, Curtis Felknor had what was, for him, an off day. He placed 15th in a field of 36 runners with a time of 19:40.
As for the other Parker boys, Tyrell Manuel placed 21st at 20:21, Stephan Mike was 24th at 20:53, Raul Figueroa was 31st at 23:30, and Raymond Delgado was 34th at 25:01.
In addition to Begaye, two other Parker girls ran in the Regional Meet. Steinmiller said Alicea Moreno had been ill for much of the week, but she placed 21st at 30:15. Yasmine Robledo placed 23rd at 36:12.
There were no team points in this meet. There were some familiar faces in the top three on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. As they have all season, the Lake Havasu Knights dominated the top positions.
On the boys’ side, the familiar faces of the Knights’ Joshua Hansen and Joshua Lumpkin were No. 1 and No. 2. Hansen’s time was 17:30, while Lumpkin was 17:57. The Knights’ Brody Port was third at 18:11.
As they have on other occasions this season, the Knights’ Isabella Sloma and Alyssa Musselman were first and second on the girls’ side. Sloma came in at 21:10, while Musselman’s time was 22:03. Alexis Hecker of the Lee Williams Volunteers of Kingman was third at 22:33.
“They ran well,” Steinmiller said of the team. “We did pretty well running against some much larger schools.”
The Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV Section 1 meet will be held Wednesday Nov. 6 at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. This will determine who qualifies for the state Division IV meet. Steinmiller said the top 25 runners and the top 5 teams will qualify for the state meet, which will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Cave Creek Golf Course.