Lady Bobcats raising money to go to California
This years marks the 50th anniversary of the Berryville cross country program. To celebrate this anniversary, the Berryville Lady Bobcats are going to California to compete in the Woodbridge Classic, an invitational cross country meet.
"If you are familiar with the Chile Pepper race, (in Fayetteville) it's a lot like that on steroids," Berryville coach Andrew Killingsworth said. "It's over twice as big and instead of being a one-night race, it's actually a two-night race. It's Friday and Saturday because there are so many teams."
Berryville got invited based on its second-place finish at the Class 4A state cross country meet last year. Now that the Lady Bobcats are going to California, Killingsworth hopes people in the community will help send Berryville to California.
"The cost is about $700 a head," Killingsworth said. "About 350 of that if flight. If someone were to give $10 they are going to pay for a kids lunch. If someone can give $20, they are going to pay for one students dinner. If someone can give $50, they are going to pay for a tank of gas while we are there."
Killingsworth knows this trip has a chance to be a great experience for the Lady Bobcats.
"I have girls who have never seen the ocean before," Killingsworth said. “I’ve got girls who have never flown before. I'm going to be able to take them on this trip and show them these things that they have never seen and done before."
Killingsworth also knows it has a potential to help the girls individually in years to come.
"This is huge for scholarship opportunities," Killingsworth said. "There will be college coaches there and on their college resume they will be able to put this down. This could turn into even bigger scholarships for our girls. Way bigger than the $700 that we are asking for now. It could translate into thousands and thousands of dollars for them."
After doing research on the course and the area, Killingsworth hopes the Lady Bobcats will put up some good times for the coaches scouting the runners.
"This course is completely flat," Killingsworth said. "Which we aren't used to running on completely flat courses. I think the elevation change is two meters. It is run in a place with no humidity, which we aren't used to running in no humidity. We don't know what that is. And it's going to be run at night under stadium lights, so there won't be any heat, which we have never done before. This race brags about runners setting personal records and if these girls run a personal record, they will get looks from college."
This is the first time Berryville has been asked to come to the Woodbridge Classic, but the Bobcats have been fortunate enough to compete in other prestigious races throughout the years.
"Adidas, in years past would have a big regional race up in Kenosha Wis., and coach (Ken) Krumwiede would take kids there," Killingsworth said. "Coach Krumwiede even took part of our team to Australia one year."
Samantha Preston, Mary-Kennedy Jackson, Nora Waller, Claira Watson, Sarah Hale, Hope Braziel, Trinity Rains, Alexis Steele, Hannah Stewart and Cecilia Doss are all making the trip to California. To support Berryville on its trip to California, go to gofundme.com/lady-bobcat-california-race. Killingsworth wants everyone to know that every little bit will help and thanks everyone in the community for the support.