Kingman cross country takes top spots
Kingman Academy, Lee Williams put in solid performances
KINGMAN - Experience paid dividends for the Kingman High School cross country team once again Wednesday - KHS junior Jesse Marquez won the Kingman multi boys meet at 19 minutes and 16 seconds, while Kingman senior Amanda Williams won the girls race at 23:21.
"I knew I just had to keep up with them. At the finish, I just had something in me. I just really wanted to win," Marquez said.
While the Bulldogs continued getting the top results, Lee Wiliams High School put forth another solid outing.
Volunteers sophomore Kara Swenson finished 11th in the girls results at 25:31.
Sophomore boys runner Brendon Allred had another solid day, finishing in fifth place at 20:11.
"He was not happy because his time wasn't as fast as last time. But with the wind, I think he did a really good job. He has been consistent, top 10," Lee Williams head coach Joan Abraham said, also noting the collective effort is still a work in progress.
"Slowly but surely, we're getting there. We're able to compete. They're learning the courses. They're learning race strategy."
Kingman Academy has had its difficulties so far this season.
They had to deal with the hotter temperatures earlier in the summer, which head coach Heather Amenhauser thought hindered her runners from tallying stronger results.
Amenhauser feels they're coming along, though.
KAHS sophomore Thomas Easter finished seventh in the boys race at 21:08. Junior Amber Simpson finished 13th in the girls event at 27:01.
"It was nice to be close to home and see the course. We were able to run it the day before," Amenhauser said. "We're trying to pick up our training.
"These are bigger schools, so I think it's pushing the kids."
Lee Williams will return to action at River Valley High School at 7 p.m. today.
Kingman will participate in the Ray Reynolds multiple meet, hosted by Lake Havasu High School, at 4 p.m. Wednesday.