Tigers, Bobcats are ready for Back 40

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Carroll County Back 40 will take place this Saturday in Berryville behind Bobcat Arena. With more than 70 teams registered to compete from all classifications, it is the Green Forest Tigers who are favored to win the boys race. As a team, Green Forest has won each race it has competed in this season.

"We just have to keep doing what we're doing," Green Forest coach Bradley James said. "We have to keep improving our times and finding ways to get better every week."

After losing to Pea Ridge and Huntsville in Siloam Springs last week, Berryville coach Andrew Killingsworth hopes his boys come out with a vengeance on Saturday.

"We want to come back and make a good showing this week," Killingsworth said. "Try to get a little bit closer to them. We are down a little bit. We have a few guys hurt, but if we can get a little bit closer to them I think that will show us being able to push them out at districts and state."

Killingsworth said the Lady Bobcats are doing great midway through the season.

"They are dominant right now," Killingsworth said. "They did a great job at Siloam. They beat a really strong Jay, Okla., team by one point, which is incredible because Jay is always strong. It was nice being able to beat them and it took all seven of our girls to do that. If all of our top seven hadn't done so well, we wouldn't have beaten them. Even eight, because Hope Braziel got in there and pushed my number seven runner."

James said his girls team has been running well, but there are four freshmen he is moving up to compete in Saturday's race.

"My expectations for them is to not freak out," James said. "This is their first race at the senior high level. I just want them to go out and have a good race. Hopefully by November they will be experienced and ready for state."

James is also excited for some of his younger junior high runners who will be competing on Saturday.

"We have a handful of freshman boys that are working hard, running two practices a day," James said. "They are trying to work up so they can be ready for the state meet in November."

Killingsworth encourages fans from the entire community to come out and watch the race on Saturday.

"The runners won't run on a harder course," Killingsworth said. "But it's the most spectator-friendly course. The coaches and spectators really love that course and it's a real shining gem for our community."

The first race begins at 9 a.m. behind Bobcat Arena.

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