Rough course a Devil of a challenge

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

The Berryville and Eureka Springs cross country teams found out what a real cross country race was like last Saturday at the Devil's Den Challenge in Devil's Den State Park, south of Fayetteville.

The Highlander senior teams prepared for the meet by camping in the park overnight. Last year's freezing temperatures weren't duplicated, according to Eureka coach Hassell Bell, and the runners awoke to what he called "a fine morning for a race."

Sleeping in tents overnight, going caving, and doing without much sleep seemed to agree with the Highlanders, who had good efforts by all four teams.

Even though they didn't camp out, the Eureka junior girls won the first-place team trophy, and were led by Erika Wardlaw, who won the 3K race in 12:34, and Kimberly Peek, who was second in 12:48. Wes Prado was eighth in the junior boys' race.

Becca Wallis finished sixth overall in 17:44 in a 4K race, helping an improving Eureka senior girls' team to a fourth-place finish.

The Bobcats ran without some of their aces but made a good showing on the rough, mountain trails that passed for the course. Their junior boys finished second as a team, with Jorge Mojica winning that 3K race in 10:39. Luis Ramirez was third, and Geoff West fourth.

Tamara Phillips was seventh in the junior girls' race, Cesar Lemus was seventh in the senior boys' race, and Lauren Ellis was 12th in the senior girls' race.

Here are the team results, with complete individual results set for the Carroll County News Weekend Edition this Friday.

TEAM RESULTS

Senior Girls

1- Fayetteville- 40; 2- Fort Smith Southside- 85; 3- Eureka Springs- 97; 4- Springdale- 101; 5- Berryville- 117; 6- Hackett- 196.

Senior Boys

1- Fayetteville- 24; 2- Springdale- 38; 3- Berryville- 67; 4- Fort Smith Southside- 104; 5- Shiloh Christian- 111; 6- Alma- 138; 7- Subiaco- 155.

Junior Girls

1- Eureka Springs- 45; 2- Oakdale- 68; 3- Mansfield- 94; 4- Berryville- 120; 5- Southwest- 178; 6- Woodland- 187; 7- Elkins- 187; 8- Ramey- 191; 9- Lincoln- 253.

Junior Boys

1- Woodland- 36; 2- Berryville- 57; 3- Southwest- 95; 4- Ramey- 127; 5- Oakdale- 163; 6- Eureka Springs- 175; 7- Central- 228; 8- Farmington- 265; 9- Prairie Grove- 277; 10- Lincoln- 355; 11- Elkins- 380.

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