Havasu’s Joshua Hansen sets a new course record in Kingman
Junior Joshua Hansen is now the owner of a course record in Kingman.
Hansen broke the previous record of 17 minutes, 35 seconds by 19 seconds with a time of 17:16 at the Kingman Academy Invite on Wednesday.
Hansen’s time was also good enough to win the entire race. His win in Kingman marks his fifth win this season.
“Josh ran a strong race,” Lake Havasu coach Erika Washington said. “He started out in the lead. With each mile he just pulled farther ahead from the second place guy. He also finished over a minute ahead of the No. 2 guy.”
The boys team took first over friendly rival Lee Williams with a team score of 33 points.
Junior Brody Port finished second for Havasu and fourth overall with a time of 18:47 and sophomore Zachary Hansen finished just three seconds behind.
Senior Spencer Morino ran a 19:18 and freshman Joshua Lumpkin finished at 20:13 to round out the Havasu boys top five finishers.
The girls team finished second behind Lee Williams as a team.
Senior Sydney Huffman led the Havasu girls with a time of 21:46, which was good enough to finished second overall.
Junior Dailynn Evans came next for the Knights with a time of 22:41 and senior Zoe Dondero ran a 23:31 to finish third for the Knights.
Sophomore Isabella Sloma finished with a 24:54 and freshman Alyssa Musselman ran a 26:49 to round out the top five finishers for the Havasu girls.
As the season progresses, so do the Knights.
With each meet, Havasu has increased its times within its top five finishers.
“Most of our kids ran a personal best (on Wednesday),” Washington said. “It was a nice, fast course and we were excited to go up and run it. So we went in with a good attitude and we ran strong.”
After five meets on the road this season, the Knights will finally be running on their home turf when they host the 36th annual Mark Weston Invitational at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
A home meet has been a long time coming for Havasu.
“We have great course and I think the kids are excited to race in front of their friends and family,” Washington said. “It’ll be an exciting day.”
The invitational honors the memory of Weston who went to Lake Havasu High School in the early 1990s and lost his life in a car accident. Weston was a runner on the cross country team and participated in the band. The Knights will have history on Weston at the meet and his mother will also be attending the event.
Prior to the race at 8 a.m. will be the eighth annual Fighting Knights 5K Fun Run.
Entries are still being accepted. Preregistration is $20 and race day registration is $25. All of the proceeds go towards the Havasu cross country team program. If interested email coach Washington at email@example.com.