The Lake Havasu cross country team opened its season with a win at the Kingman Multiple on Wednesday.
There were nine different teams competing and Havasu paced the field on both the boys’ and girls’ side.
Senior and team captain Joshua Hansen recorded a time of 18:16 in the 5,000 meter race to finish first in the boys’ field.
Sophomore Isabella Sloma, the team captain of the girls’ team, finished with a time of 23:22 to place first.
“They both had a great race,” said head coach Erika Washington of her two team captains. “They both ran by themselves. That shows how great they are at pacing themselves.”
Placing second overall on the boys’ side with a time of 19:06 was sophomore Joshua Lumpkin.
In his first high school cross country race, freshman Evan Kuch finished sixth overall and third on Lake Havasu with a time of 19:49.
Senior Brody Port recorded a time of 19:55.8 to finish eighth overall and fourth for the Knights.
For the girls’ team, sophomore Alyssa Musselman finished third overall and second on Lake Havasu with a time of 24:17.
Senior Thelma Febakke placed sixth overall and third for the Knights with a time of 25:10.
While there were runners from nine different schools, only eight recorded team scores in the boys’ field, and four girls’ team scores were recorded.
The boys’ team for the Knights finished with a team score of 28, well ahead of second place Lee Williams who recorded a 48.
On the girls’ side, Lake Havasu compiled a team score of 25, while the second place Volunteers finished with a 36.
Despite the successful start to the season, Washington would like to see improvements.
“We have some work to do,” said Washington. “The heat index is finally down enough where we can get some more work in the afternoons. I want to see some improvements over the coming weeks.”
Lake Havasu will take part in the Cibola Invitational at West Wetlands Park in Yuma on Saturday.