County teams run well at Bobcat cross country meet
BERRYVILLE -- If big counts in success, the Bobcat Invitational Cross Country meet last Saturday was a huge success.
Fifty-nine teams from 25 schools came to run, with a total of 509 runners. And even in that crowd the local teams stood out.
The Berryville junior high girls not only won their A to 4A division of the meet, they beat all the 5A to 7A teams too. They netted just 57 points as a team, with the closest finisher Oakdale from 7A Springdale with 92 points.
Katie Swofford finished second overall in that race that had 112 girls, then dashed away to the Carroll County Fair, where she was showing stock. Yeah, she won a medal there too.
The Bobcat senior boys won the A to 4A division, with Aaron Edwards finishing 11th overall out of 122 runners, second in A to 4A. He earned an individual medal for his effort.
Eureka's Callie Smith finished 13th overall out of 89 senior girl runners, with teammate Erika Wardlaw close behind. Smith earned an individual medal, as did Berryville's Megan Plumlee, and Kaily Evans in junior high.
Senior Boys- A-4A- 1st- Berryville; 5A-7A- 1st- Van Buren; Overall runner-up- Bentonville.
Senior Girls- A-4A- 1st- Cassville; 5A-7A- 1st- Bentonville; Overall runner-up- Fayetteville.
Junior Boys- (186 runners) A-4A- 1st- Elkins; 5A-7A- 1st- Springdale Central; Overall runner-up- Bentonville Washington.
Junior girls- A-4A- 1st- Berryville; 5A-7A- Rogers Oakdale; Overall runner-up- Van Buren Butterfield.
New course record- Jr. Boys- Lucas Peiser, Shiloh Christian- 10:52. Old record- 11:13.
Jr. Girls- (3200m) "They won the whole thing," Coach Doug Scheel said. "That group really did a good job. Katie Swofford was second overall, and Kailey Evans was 8th. Bethany Epley finished high at 13th, and Ashley Harvell and Cheyenne Brady have really improved.
Sr. Boys- "They won the small school division," Scheel said. "Aaron ran great, and Ismael Mojica did good. We just had five run, but I was real proud. They have all worked hard."
Sr. Girls- "We have high hopes for them, but we're not where we need to be," Scheel said. "We finished second in our division. This was a wakeup call. We aren't in good shape yet. Megan Plumlee is doing good, and Tori Grim, Taylor Bishop and Ashley Anderson, but we've got to improve."
Jr. Boys- Just two boys ran, Derrick Graham and Blake Jech. "Our numbers aren't good, but our two ran decent," Scheel said. "We don't have a team yet."
Sr. Girls- Coach Hassell Bell said, "They've been working hard, but we have a ways to go. We have to make progress. Callie finished 13th in 22:49 and medaled. Her legs were tight all race long."
Jr. Girls- "For seventh graders and their first race, I was real pleased," Coach Bell said. "They had some gas left at the end, so they'll have to learn to pace."
Sr. Boys- Coach Ben Lairamore said, "We finished second in the small school division. As a team, I was pretty happy with them, pleased with their effort. They'll be competitive.
"Travis Guess was No. 1 for us. He was 60th overall. Jacob Worley was our No. 2. Nathan Drebenstedt was third -- he works hard, and Andrew Hansen was fourth and John Overman fifth."
Jr. Boys- "We finished second in small school. They've been working hard," Lairamore said. "Anthony Perdue was our first runner, sort of a surprise. Ian Reynolds was second. He's been working really hard. Chris Verdoot ran a good race, and Dustin Marrell has been running extra miles. Jeremy Perdue was fifth. That team is a good combo. We have good numbers."