Volunteer runners beat the heat - and everyone else

KINGMAN - Lee Williams High captured the 2015 Colorado River Region boys cross country championship Wednesday at River Valley. The Volunteers owned the seven-team event run in 103-degree heat by outdistancing runner-up Lake Havasu by 40 points, 24-64.

Kingman finished third with 67 points and Kingman Academy (140) took fifth. Mohave (85) came in fourth, Parker sixth (154) and River Valley (191) was last.

Senior Brendon Allred led Lee Williams with his second consecutive individual CRR championship, running the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 48 seconds. Peyton Cardiff (19:45) scored two CRR points, Zach Moyd four, Cayden Robles seven and Zack Tempert 10.

"Brendon had a good race, and Peyton Cardiff has really gotten quicker in the last two weeks," said LWHS cross country coach Joan Abraham. "The rest of my top five ran great races, and they should be well prepared for sectionals in two weeks."

Jonathan Hunt led Kingman with eight points. Thomas Bigelow (9), Christian Barrios (13), Robert Clark (16) and Enrique Ayala (21) rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring.

Sam Skankey was Kingman Academy's frontrunner, scoring five points. Grant Stryker (22), Jacob Appleby (34), Nathan Zorn (39) and Ashton Gastineau (40) also scored for the Tigers.

Lake Havasu took the girls championship with Kingman finishing third. Neither Kingman Academy nor Lee Williams qualified a score because both had fewer than five runners.

Kingman was led by Celine Lucero-White's 30:07. Kelly Bowers, Christina Thames, Jennifer Lackey and Mikayla Baca scored for the Lady Bulldogs.

Alexis Whalen (27:21) finished in fifth place individually for Kingman Academy. Serena Parker took 14th for the Lady Tigers.

Hallie Powell (25:11) came in third place for Lee Williams. Macey Shafer was 15th, Marian Esplin 19th and Cheyanne Bagube finished in 35th place.

All three teams are expected to compete at the Rey Gomez Invitational this upcoming Wednesday in Bullhead City.