Havasu cross country sweeps home meet
Both the Lake Havasu boys and girls cross country teams took first in team scores at the 36th annual Mark Weston Invitational — the Knights first home meet of the season— at Bridgewater Links Golf Course Saturday morning.
The win for the girls was the second this season and leading the pack was senior Sydney Huffman, who notched her first individual win as a member of the cross country team.
“We are really quite proud of (Huffman). She ran an excellent time of 21 minutes, 58 seconds,” Lake Havasu coach Erika Washinton said. “It was a big deal for (the girls team) to win. They ran a strong race. Our top five scoring girls were all in the top eight.”
Dailynn Evans ran a 22:53 to finish third overall behind Huffman. Isabella Sloma finished at 24:19 for fifth overall and Zoe Dondero finished 20 seconds later for sixth. Alyssa Musselman ran a 25:41 to round out the scorers for the girls team.
The boys team had the same type of success as the girls in that Havasu’s top five scorers were in the top nine.
Joshua Hansen won the boys race again for his sixth in a row and set a personal record of 16:58 in the process.
Spencer Marino also set a personal record with a time of 18:41 to finish fourth overall. Brody Port ran a 19:44 to finished third for the Knights and sixth overall. Joshua Lumpkin came in eight at 19:59 and Ryan Balboni finished two seconds later to round out the top five scorers for the boys.
Although Havasu’s friendly rival Lee Williams was not in attendance at the meet on Saturday, the teams that were presented tough competition for the Knights. That is why it was a big deal for Havasu to have both the boys and girls top five scorers finish in the top 10 at a meet featuring seven teams.
Also on Saturday was the eight annual Fighting Knights 5k Fun Run in which the fees to enter benefit the cross country team’s expenses for meets not covered by the athletic budget.
Washington called it “a success,” as there were 59 finishers along with individual donations.
The Knights have one more home meet this season and it’s on Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the Ray Reynolds Invite at Windsor Beach.
Havasu is looking forward to this race more than most because Windsor Beach is also where it ran its intrasquad Watermelon Run at the beginning of the season, which gave the Knights a time to improve on.
“This time of the year is exciting for us because when we race I’m sure we are going to see quite an improvement in the times from the Watermelon run,” Washington said. “That in itself is motivating for the athletes to knock off seconds, and even minutes off of those times.”