By DAVID BELL
BULLHEAD CITY — The Lady Knights continue to be the team to beat on the track while field events helped the Broncs boys to a third place finish.
David Bell/News-Herald Photo. Lake Havasu and Parker High Schools took part in a Colorado River area five-team multi Track & Field event at Bullhead City Mohave Wednesday, competing against Mohave, River Valley and Laughlin. Havasu runners Jennifer Lunsford, left, and Hanna Hoffman battle it out for first in the 100m hurdles. Lunsford won by three-one hundredths of a second
Havasu and Parker were in Bullhead City Wednesday to take part in a Colorado River area five-team Track & Field Multi. Also participating was River Valley, Laughlin and host Bullhead City Mohave.
The Lady Knights ran away with the girls division with 147 points, followed by Mohave with 76, Laughlin with 59 and River Valley with 31. The Lady Broncs don’t have enough athletes to qualify for a team score.
Havasu head coach Julie Hofman said these final three regular season meets will be used to fill out the squads for regionals.
“We’re looking at the spots where we need people to step up,” she said. “There are a couple of places where we need to see who wants to be in that third or fourth spot.”
Havasu’s Lynsey Ryan continues to dominate in her events. The only member of both the boys and girls teams to qualify thus far for the state finals (in the 200- and 400-meter dashes), Ryan won the 100m (13.07 seconds), the 200m (26.65) and the 400m (1:03.95).
Havasu also scored two first places thanks to Tiffany Miley in the 1600m (6:06.96) and the 3200m (13:11.43).
In the girls 100m hurdles, it was Lady Knights 1-2 thanks to Jennifer Lunsford (17.31) and Hanna Hoffman (17.34). Lunsford then teamed with Anjelica Ulrich, Alyssa Pakes and Elayana Gilbert to win the 4x100m relay (55.40).
Ulrich, Kendahl Janacek, Shannin Martin and Aimee Wakulinski scored another first for Havasu in the 4x800m relay (11:52.58).
In the high jump, Alisha Miles and Lunsford both cleared 4-06 to take first and second. And in the long jump it was Havasu 1-2-3 thanks to Maggie Muniak (13-09), Miles (13-04) and Pakes (12-08). Miles got one more first, in the discus, where she tossed 97-09, just beating out teammate Valarie Moreno (96-05).
Parker’s Janel Garner had the highest finishes for the Lady Broncs on the day, finishing sixth in both the long jump (10-11) and the 300m hurdles (1:07.76). Sahari Campos finished 10th in the shot put (21-07) and 12th in the discus (61-02).
In boys’ competition, it was Mohave first with 151 points, followed by Havasu with 92.5, Parker with 43.5, River Valley with 25 and Laughlin with 21.
“For the most part, we’re doing pretty good,” said Parker head coach Doug Meale. “Robert (Harris) is improving every meet. And the girls are liking this. They get really excited when they get their bests. And they’re getting them.”
The Broncs scored a pair of first places. Harris won the 110m hurdles (16.66) and Anthony Diaz continued to show his mastery of the long jump, hurtling 18 feet 1 inch. Diaz has qualified for the state finals in the event.
The Broncs also got a third place from Jamil Gary in the shot put (39-04) and a fourth from Elias Ameelyenah in the discus (105-05). Harris also tied for second in the high jump (5-06) with Havasu’s Tim Horn.
The Knights took first and second in the 800m thanks to Jesus Perezchica (2:10.88) and Brad Fender (2:15.54), then the duo teamed with Kyle Staples and Kenyon Martin to win the 4x800m relay (9:12.40).
Havasu closed the meet with two more first place finishes. Brandon Vedder was first in the shot put (40-02) and Nic Cooke was first in the discus (133-03).
Both the Knights and Broncs will be in Goodyear for the Estrella Foothills Invitational Saturday at Thunderbolt Middle School for the Havasu Last Chance Multi on Wednesday.