Carroll County runners successful at Back 40

Friday, September 29, 2017
Gabi Bloch of Eureka Springs crosses the finish line to win Saturday's Bobcat Back 40.
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The local cross country teams always want to perform well, but there is always extra incentive when the Berryville Bobcats host the Bobcat Back 40. Each school had something to be proud of, as the Lady Bobcats won the 4A-5A race, Green Forest's Lexington Hilton won the 1A-3A boys race and Ezequiel Calderon finished second to help the Tigers win the race and Eureka Springs' Gabi Bloch won the 1A-3A girls race.

"It was an amazing race and just an amazing event," Berryville coach Andrew Killingsworth said. "I have to start out by thanking our community. The Back 40 is a joint effort between Berryville and Eureka Springs schools. Just the people of Eureka Springs and Berryville did an outstanding job of making our community shine."

Individual results are as follows:

Boys 1A-3A: Green Forest won, scoring 26 points and Eureka Springs finished second, scoring 29 points. Hilton won with a time of 18 minutes and 35 seconds and Calderon finished second in 18:51. Eureka Springs' Kayden Eckman finished third in 19:18, while teammate Tyler Stephenson finished fourth in 19:27 and Green Forest's Tono Mendez finished seventh in 21:45. Dalton Arnold of Eureka Springs finished ninth in 21:58, while teammate Garrett Cross finished 10th in 22:12 and Green Forest's Urbano Reyes finished 11th in 22:31. Eureka Springs' Austin Maloney finished 12th in 23:15, while Green Forest's Eli Gomez finished 13th in 23:38 and teammate David Aguinaga finished 15th in 24:07. Green Forest's Kevin Solorzano finished 17th in 26:31 and Hayden Bullock of Eureka Springs finished 21st in 31:15.

"It was a really good meet for us. It was hot, especially toward the senior high race," Green Forest coach Bradley James said. "The kids were able to run pretty well."

Girls 1A-3A: Green Forest won, scoring 26 points and Eureka Springs didn't have enough members to compete in the team standings. Bloch won in 23:35, while Green Forest's Lyndsay Anglin finished fifth in 25:28 and teammate Lucy Rios finished sixth in 25:52. Green Forest's Emily Bolen finished seventh in 25:59, while teammate Yaritza Quintanilla finished eighth in 27:29 and Eureka Springs' Savannah Reeves finished ninth in 27:53. Green Forest's Andrea Lopez finished 14th in 28:46, while Eureka Springs' Ana Tapia finished 15th in 29:15 and Green Forest's Alyson Bruegel finished 18th in 23:13. Eureka Springs' Rachel Adams finished 20th in 38:05.

"We had quite a few people out so we are still trying to make sure we get healthy as we move toward state," James said. "But the ones that were there did a good job of continuing to work at it."

Boys 4A-5A: Huntsville and Berryville each scored 50 points, but because Huntsville's sixth runner finished higher than Berryville's the Eagles won. Kylan Pierce of Huntsville won in 18:45, while Berryville's Brian Tovar finished fourth in 19:25 and teammate Eduardo Rangel finished seventh in 19:38. Carlos Garduno finished eighth in 19:48, while Daniel Portillo finished 13th in 20:29 and Nathan Engel finished 18th in 20:42. Grant Lee finished 30th in 22:40, while Fredric Leroy finished 40th in 24:40 and Marco Berrios finished 51st in 30:16.

"I was really proud of the senior high boys coming home with a second-place trophy," Killingsworth said. "I have got a team of basically six eligible runners right now. I graduated I think 11 boys so they weren't supposed to do anything this year. The fact that they are coming home with trophies from these meets is shocking people. And I have a couple of freshmen who are just amazing."

Girls 4A-5A: The Berryville Lady Bobcats won, scoring 22 points. Bekah Bostain of Prairie Grove won in 20:55 and Berryville's Alexis Henry finished fifth in 24:06. Samantha Preston finished sixth in 24:20, while Millan Ryd finished seventh in 24:41 and Cecilia Doss finished ninth in 25:07. Nora Waller finished 10th in 25:25, while Alejandra Hernandez finished 11th in 26:43 and Sarah Hale finished 12th in 27:28. Hope Braziel finished 14th in 28:16, while Raquel Perez finished 15th in 28:40 and Trinity Rains finished 17th in 29:02. Claira Watson finished 24th in 32:10, while Hannah Stewart finished 25th in 32:20 and Lilibeth Araiza finished 33rd in 39:27. Chanci Walker finished 34th in 41:38.

"The girls opened the season with a second-place finish and since then they have had three straight first-place finishes," Killingsworth said. "And to be able to do it at your home meet is just a huge source of pride. They pushed until they couldn't push anymore. They gave me their best and I couldn't be more proud of them."

On Saturday, all three teams will be competing at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville. The action starts at 11 a.m.

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