Eureka X-C teams lacking numbers

Thursday, September 22, 2005

ELKINS -- Sunny skies and cool temperatures, a big bunch of runners, and a flat course were on tap for the Eureka Springs Highlander cross country teams last Saturday when they competed in the Elkins cross country meet.

Coach Hassell Bell was shorthanded in senior high, but had a big group of junior high runners compete.

"We're still short of kids," Coach Bell said, as he had just two boys and one girl running in the senior high division Saturday.

In the boys division, Nathan Drebenstedt finished 90th and Matt Lackey 98th. In the girls division, Callie Smith had another good showing, finishing fifth out of 75 runners.

Teammate Erika Wardlaw reinjured a knee in basketball practice last week and will be out for several weeks, and Ashley Knapp was at a college day event.

"Nathan and Matt are waiting for some help from the other athletes in our programs," Coach Bell said.


"We have 15 junior boys and they are working hard," Coach Bell said. "They're trying to find a pace to use for the entire race. We are hoping the ninth-graders can help the varsity by the end of the season."

Jr. Boys- Tony Marquez- 53rd; Taylor Williams- 58; John Overman- 62; Jacob Worley- 66; Chris Verdoot- 94; Ian Reynolds- 121; Anthony Purdue- 127; Michael McGee- 130; Robert McClung- 135; Scotty Anderson- 161; Forrest Kline- 167; Zack Cole- 168; Luke Dodrill- 170; Nick McGee- 174; Joey Chatterton- 183.

Jr. Girls- Kasi Weston- 38; Abbie Brown- 80; Megan Handley- 83; Kasey Forrest- 87; Holly Wilkerson- 148; Amanda Knapp- 149.

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