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Havasu’s Joshua Hansen wins second straight cross country meet in Yuma

September 9, 2018 GMT

For the second meet in a row, Lake Havasu’s Joshua Hansen has placed first overall for the cross country team.

On Saturday it was in Yuma for the Cibola Invitational.

“The entire race he did well,” Lake Havasu coach Erika Washington said. “He was able to maintain a pace and hold onto that lead for start to finish. He’s been feeling great all week. We’re trying not to overwork him so he can continue to race strong into the next couple of months of the season.”

Hansen finished with a time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds to take first place.

Behind him, Spencer Marino ran 19:27 as the second Knight from the boys team to finish. Brady Port finished less than a minute later at 20:18 behind Marino.

As a team, boys finished seventh out of 13 teams.

Dailynn Evans and Sydeny Huffman led the girls team. Evans finished seventh overall with a time of 22:22 and Huffman ran a 22:37 to take eighth overall and earn medals.

“They also ran a good race start to finish,” Washington said. “They were pretty much in the top ten the entire time.”

Zoe Dondero was the third Knight to finish for the girls with a time of 24:18 and Alyssa Musselman finished not long after with a 25:08.

As a team the girls finished fourth.

Washington said the race in Yuma built a lot of confidence for her team going forward because the course they raced last Wednesday in Kingman was very challenging and hilly.

The course in Yuma was fast and flat, all on grass in a park.

“It was only three miles instead of the full 5K distance of 3.1 miles,” Washington said. “I think it kind of built everybody’s confidence and we are already look forward to Parker next Wednesday. Which is another flat course.”

The race in Parker on Wednesday — which is a 4 p.m. — is another flat course.

While Washington admitted it is going to be hot and dusty, she also admitted her team is used to that.