Havasu boys cross country take first at Kingman Multiple, girls take second
The battle between the Lake Havasu and Lee Williams cross country teams continued on Wednesday at the Kingman Multiple in Kingman.
The boys team bested the Volunteers by 10 points in team scores and the girls fell short to finish in second place.
“We set out to beat Lee Williams and the boys accomplished that goal,” Lake Havasu coach Erika Washington said. “The girls missed it by a little bit. Being that we face most of the same teams on these Wednesday meets, its been a battle between us and Lee Williams for the top spot. It’s exciting to watch, rather than having the same outcome week after week.”
Joshua Hansen continued to dominated as he finished first with a time of 18 minutes, 55 seconds to lead the boys team to victory. This marks the third win for Hansen this season.
Brody Port ran a 20:34, Zachary Hansen ran a 20:56, Spencer Marino ran a 21:19 and Derek Wirachowsky ran a 22:24 to round out the boys team scorers.
Washington said all of the top five boys were within three minutes, 30 seconds within each other. That time has been steadily decreasing from the start of the season until now. Washington said it has been one of their goals to do so because the closer the time between them, the more it will help the Knights with challenging opponents in the future.
Although the girls did not come out on top, they were a little short staffed in Kingman. Four Knights were not able to make the trip, leaving only six to out-do the Volunteers.
Sydney Huffman finished first for Havasu with a time of 24:04. Huffman also finished second overall in the girls race. Dailynn Evans ran a 24:33 to finish second for the Knights and Zoe Dondero ran a 25:25 to finish third. Alyssa Musselman ran a 27:16 and Joslyn Redman finished at 30:54 to round out the top scorers for Havasu.
The Knights drive to beat their friendly rival Lee Williams is only making Havasu better according to Washington.
“It’s going to continue to be our goal to beat them,” Washington said. “Having that friendly competition is making us faster. That extra competition is helping us improve.”
The Knights will have another crack at Lee Williams on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Kingman Academy Invitational in Kingman.
There is still a week and a few days to register for the eighth annual Fighting Knights 5K fun run on Sept. 29 in which the proceeds benefit the cross country program. If interested email coach Washington at email@example.com for more information.