KINGMAN - The Kingman High School cross country team returned to familiar ground at Lee Williams High School and took home multiple accolades at Friday's Colorado River Region Championship race.
It was certainly déjà vu for KHS senior Patrick Webb, who won the previous meet at LWHS last month.
He used Lee Williams' course to his advantage again, winning the boys' race in 17 minutes and 23 seconds.
"Just knowing this course, knowing where the hills are, that really helps to pace out the race," Webb said. "We're staying close together. If you practice together as a team, you'll win together as a team.
"This meet gives us a boost of self-esteem coming into sectionals [Saturday]. Both hills and flats give us an all-around feeling for what the course in Phoenix will be like."
Lee Williams sophomore Brendon Allred finished third at 17:53. Volunteers head coach Joan Abraham sees definite progress. At the start of the year, Allred tallied top-10 results regularly. Today, top-5 performances are standard for him.
"He's driven. He knows what he wants," Abraham said. "For the most part at practice, he doesn't have anybody there pushing him. His work ethic has been outstanding."
KHS junior Jesse Marquez (18:24) finished sixth, while KHS junior Brandon Kelly (18:32) finished seventh. Collectively, Kingman was named the regional champion at the boys meet.
LWHS freshman Zach Moyd finished 10th at 19:22.
Kingman senior Amanda Williams won the girls' race at 21:21, while LWHS sophomore Kara Swenson finished fifth at 22:35.
KHS seniors Olivia Anderson (24:11), Alexis Bathauer (24:18) and Haley Moore (24:24) finished eighth through 10th, respectively.
These are the kind of results KHS head coach Anne Bathauer desires.
"I can't say enough about them," Bathauer said.
Feeling ill, KHS senior Paulina Delgado finished 14th at 26:10. Given her sixth-place finish at the Parker-Multi Oct. 16, Bathauer felt Delgado's breathing was hindered on the course.
"She would have been in that top 10 group of girls," Bathauer said. "Kingman High School showed their strength, their experience. It was a great day. Knowing that you have experience is going to make you do better."
Experience also paid dividends for the Kingman girls roster, who finished second at regionals behind Lake Havasu High School.
Slowly but surely, Kingman Academy is also coming along. After five KAHS girl runners finished in the top 25 at Mohave High School Oct. 19, they kept building momentum.
KAHS junior Laura Harris finished Friday's meet in 12th place at 24:55. KAHS junior Amber Simpson finished 16th at 26:20. Lady Tigers senior Lily Young finished 18th at 26:34, while KAHS junior Mary Jo Lohmeyer (27:07) finished 23rd.
Kingman Academy head coach Heather Amenhauser again was encouraged by the collective effort. She wants similar, if not improved, results when her squad travels to Holbrook for their sectional meet Saturday.
"They worked hard to get here, so it was nice to see it right before we go to sectionals," Amenhauser said. "We'll see what happens when we go to Holbrook."
Lee Williams will also take part in that meet.