Vols’ head to sectionals

Both boys, girls runners have chance to advance

Lee Williams cross country coach Joan Abraham, with cap, runs with members of her girls team on Turquoise Street during Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Friday’s sectional race.

Photo by Shawn Byrne.

Lee Williams cross country coach Joan Abraham, with cap, runs with members of her girls team on Turquoise Street during Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Friday’s sectional race.

KINGMAN – The Lee Williams High School boys and girls cross country teams race alongside Kingman at the Division III, Section III Meet today at the Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix.

The top eight boys teams and the top seven girls squads at the meet will advance to the D-III State Championship Meet next week in Phoenix. The Lee Williams boys squad enter today’s race ranked No. 4 in the section, and the Lady Volunteers are ranked No. 6.

Zach Moyd leads the Vols’ boys team and is ranked No. 4 in section. Cayden Robles (21), Colby Robles (22), Andrew Cardiff (36), Daryl Bland (40), Carlos Castaneda (49) and Anthony Margules (50) make up the Vols’ lineup.

LWHS cross country coach Joan Abraham likes the improvement Moyd has shown. His season-best run over 3.1 miles is 16 minutes, 54.7 seconds, and the coach said Moyd has

SEE VOLS, 9A dropped below that time. There is an injury that Abraham is concerned about leading into today’s race.

“Zach has looked at his time compared with others and knows who he needs to beat,” Abraham said. “I am worried about Daryl Bland because he is complaining about his knee. I hope it feels better and he can run 100 percent.”

The Lady Vols are on the bubble for qualifying for state. Their No. 6 ranking says they should advance to next week’s state meet, but the ranking is just a computer simulation.

Alondra Correa leads Lee Williams into the race. She’s ranked No. 22 and her best time is 21:48.6.

If Lee Williams can’t qualify as a team, Abraham believes Correa has a good chance to qualify individually by running in the top 25. Karina Lamsus (32), Hallie Powell (34), Cassie Finkbeiner (39), Alexandra Ragin (42), Kelly Koebel (47) and Marian Esplin (51) make up the rest of the team.

“I know that if they all run their hardest they could make it,” Abraham said. “I head into Friday with high hopes and confidence that they are well prepared.”