The Parker Broncs boys’ track team placed second as a team at the 41st Annual Lake Havasu City Rotary Club Invitational Track Meet held March 30 at Lake Havasu High School. The boys’ and girls’ teams also had more athletes qualify for the state track meet.
Assistant Coach Nick Uden said he could not recall a Parker track team doing so well at a meet as competitive as the Rotary Invitational.
“I’m in awe of how well our team competed as a group,” he said. “I stepped on the bus Saturday morning and just knew we were going to do well. It shows just the level of character and work ethic these athletes have.”
On the boys’ side, Jesus Saucedo, who has already qualified for the state meet, placed first in the 200-meter dash at 24.75 seconds and fifth in the 100 meters at 12.5 seconds.
The 4 x 100-meter relay team also placed first at 46.19 seconds. The team includes Jesus Saucedo, Jason Rodriguez, Axel Gonzalez and Bud Parks.
Axel Gonzalez placed fourth in the 400 meters and had a personal best time of 53.22 seconds. He also qualified for the state meet.
On the distance events, Parker’s Manuel Najara placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.83. Right behind him in fourth place was Parker’s Curtis Felknor, a freshman, at 2:20.85. Felknor also placed second in the 1600 meters (1 mile) with a personal best time of 5:08.
In field events, Cody Weathersby placed first in the high jump when he cleared 5 feet-10 inches. That was enough to qualify him for the state meet.
Lathaniel McCowan placed fifth in the discus at 100 feet-4 inches and sixth in the shot put with a toss of 36 feet-7 inches.
On the girls’ side, Demi Durham continued to be outstanding. She placed first in the shot put at 29 feet-7 inches and finished fifth and set a personal record in the 400 meters at 1:09.16. She was also part of the 4 x 100 relay team that qualified for the state meet. The team consisted of Durham, Claudia Snyder, Tatiana Saucedo and Haley Kidd. Their time was 58.94 seconds.
Uden said the girls’ 4 x 100 team was just 1/10 of a second off from qualifying for the state meet at meet in Lake Havasu City March 23. This time, they managed to shave half-a-second off their previous time.
The Broncs have another meet this Wednesday, April 3, the Kingman Weekday Meet, at Kingman High School.