Cross country teams run with purpose, win titles in two divisions
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Berryville Bobcat cross country teams won three of the four team trophies in their division, with the Eureka Springs Highlander senior boys winning their division in the annual Holiday Island Invitational, held last Saturday in hot, sunny weather.
"Everybody at Holiday Island was very gracious," Coach Ben Lairamore said, especially Doug Joyce, recreation center director, who started a new tradition.
Teams that finished first were invited to take a victory leap into the swimming pool, and with the temperatures soaring into the 80s, several did.
Coach Doug Scheel's senior boys and girls, and junior girls won the 4A-5A divisions.
"The senior boys are coming around,"?Scheel said. "Aaron Edwards was second overall, 7A and all, and having Luis Ramirez and Jorge Mojica back gave us team points. All three of those medaled and all ran well.
"Everyone has shown steady improvement. Ismael Mojica ran well, and Kent Butler has come on."
Four medaled for the Lady Bobcats, with Scheel saying,?"This team has a chance to do something at state. They're getting stronger all the time. Megan Plumlee was fourth overall, and our next three finished eighth, ninth, 11th. It was not a bad outing."
Scheel said the junior high girls "are having a real good year. Katie Swofford was exceptional, finished first overall. Bethany Epley was eighth, and Kailey Evans was sixth overall. I'm real proud of those guys."
Blake Jech was the lone junior boys running for Berryville, and Scheel said, "He ran hard."
For Eureka Springs in the 3A-2A-1A division, Coach Ben Lairamore said his senior boys "did a good job. We had everyone there, all 13. They ran real well. We had accurate times, so now we know where we are.
"Travis Guess ran 19:20 and we want 18:00. He's getting close. Andrew Hansen did real well, and Landon Wade got to run. He was in boot camp all summer and at drills the last two meets, but he ran hard. He'll help us."
Lairamore said his junior boys finished third and "did really well. We only had one missing due to a sprained ankle. We beat Elkins and we like doing that. Anthony Perdue, Dustin Morrell and Ian Reynolds ran super. The kids are busting it."
Girls coach Hassell Bell said only three senior girls ran, but all three medaled and improved their times.
"Callie Smith was fifth overall, Erika Wardlaw 10th, and Abbie Brown 15th,"?Bell said. "They've improved, but we need some more girls to fill in."
Two junior girls ran, Laura Winters and Haillie Sisco. "They're both working hard, real committed," Bell said.
Individual results will be printed in Friday's edition.