Havasu’s Joshua Hansen wins seventh straight on senior night
Lake Havasu Junior won his seventh race in a row with a time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds to lead the boys team in a win over friendly rival Lee Williams on Wednesday at the Ray Reynolds Invitational at Windsor Beach.
The boys top five scorers all finished in top 10 and the win marked the boys fourth straight win.
“The boys did exactly what they set out to do,” Lake Havasu coach Erika Washington said. “We had a larger margin, this time, between us and Lee Williams. That was our second goal. We awarded medals to the top 20 finishers and all seven of our varsity guys earned a medal. So overall it was a big success.”
Sophomore Zachary Hansen ran a 18:28 to finish second for the Knights and third overall. Junior Brody Port finished eight seconds later for fourth overall.
Senior Spencer Marino ran a 19:40 and junior Leyton Schrotberger finished at 20:01 to round out Havasu’s top-five finishers.
On the girls team, senior Sydney Huffman ran a 21:26 to finish first for the second time in a row after winning her first race as a member of the cross country team last Saturday at the Mark Weston Invitational.
Junior Dailynn Evans finished ran a 22:57 to finish fifth overall. Sophomore Isabella Sloma ran a 23:46, senior Zoe Dondero finished at 23:55 and sophomore Zorah Feely ran a 29:15 to round out the top-five scorers for the Knights.
As a team, the girls finished second behind Lee Williams. However, Havasu was missing freshman Alyssa Musselman, who was competing in the International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals.
Had Musselman — who has been a mainstay in the Knights top-five finishers this season — been in the race on Wednesday, the Knights could have swept both the boys and girls races.
Regardless, the Knights still won in a different way on Wednesday. The Ray Reynolds Invitational at Windsor Beach was also the site of the Havasu Intra-squad Watermelon run at the beginning of the season.
The Watermelon Run gave the Knights a time to improve on as the season progressed.
According to Washington everyone on the team improved their times on Wednesday.
We have a month of hard work since (the Watermelon Run),” Washington said. “It’s very rewarding to see our hard work paying off.”
It was also senior night for Havasu as three seniors — Marino, Huffman and Dondero — were honored for their contribution to the team.
The Knights will look to continue their success when they head to Mohave Valley to compete in a meet hosted by River Valley on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.