The Parker Broncs cross-country team competed in two meets last week, the Running the River event Oct. 17 in Bullhead City, and the Ray Gomez Invitational Oct. 20 at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City.
Coach Paul Steinmiller said the team appeared “off their game” at the Bullhead City meet, and he wasn’t sure just why. He suggested it might have to do with the distraction of Homecoming week activities.
It was a different matter at the Ray Gomez. The Broncs did not have enough runners to qualify for team points on either the boys’ or girls’ side, but those that ran put in some great times.
Freshman Curtis Felknor, who had broken the 20-minute mark twice this season, broke the 19-minute mark at the Ray Gomez meet. He also placed in the top 10 as he came in Ninth with a time of 18:29.70. This was a personal record for Felknor.
There were 61 runners in the boys’ race. The winner was Joshua Hansen of Lake Havasu with a time of 17:13.20
On the girls’ side, Parker’s Aleesha Begaye placed 14th of 35 runners with a time of 24:22.20. This was also a personal record.
The girls’ race was won by Darleen Bland of Lee Williams of Kingman, who posted a time of 212:25.60
This week, the Broncs will be participating in the Colorado River Regional Championship meet, which will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at White Cliffs Middle School in Kingman. Other schools scheduled to participate include Kingman, Lake Havasu, Mohave, River Valley, Kingman Academy and Lee Williams.
Steinmiller said the Broncs should do well at the regionals.
“If we ran like we did on Saturday, we could reach third or fourth,” he said. “It’s hard to crack the top two with heavy hitters like Lake Havasu and Lee Williams in our region.”
The AIA sectional meet will be held Nov. 1 at Rose Mofford Park in Phoenix. The first race gets underway at 9 a.m.