Local cross country teams ready for season

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cross country season is nearly here, as the three Carroll County teams will participate in their first meet at Shiloh Christian in Springdale on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Berryville hosted a practice meet Monday, competing against Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Harrison.

"The times the guys ran were very comparable to where they should be right now," Berryville Coach Andrew Killingsworth said. "Of course, they were a little disappointed with them because they were a little slow compared to where they are used to being in the season, but it wasn't a surprise to me. It did motivate them seeing their times that slow, though."

Green Forest coach Bradley James was glad the Tigers were able to get in a practice meet before the real thing.

"It is a good way to get out there and get that first run under your belt without it being an actual meet," James said. "They did well."

Eureka Springs coach Kathy Manus was proud of the way some of her younger runners looked.

"We had Grant Arnold -- he is only an eighth-grader, but he ran great for us in the junior high race," Manus said.

Killingsworth said he had younger runners step up and some senior leaders run well, too.

"I have a couple of freshmen, Eduardo Castillo and Carlos Garduno, who ran incredible times in the junior high meet and I will be moving them up to senior high before the year is over," Killingsworth said. "Of course Oliver (Perez), Andrew (Galicia) and Elijah (Smith) got up there and gave me really good times in the senior high boys."

James said there were a few new Green Forest runners who surprised him Monday.

"Jose Mendez and Carlos Ramos, they ran well for their first time out there," James said. "Those two kids kind of stood out to me."

Killingsworth is looking forward to the first meet of the year next week, but he wants to keep things in perspective because the Bobcats are still two months away from the state meet.

"It is good because we have our race-day jitters out of the way," Killingsworth said. "This all will give me a good foundation on how to build their workouts going forward."

The meet at Shiloh Christian begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

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