Carroll Co. teams come close to winning in Hot Springs
Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest all ran at the state cross country meet on Friday in Hot Springs. No team got the desired result, but Green Forest's Lexington Hilton, Ezequiel Calderon and Lucy Rios were all-state runners along with Berryville's Braden Scrivner, Brian Tovar and Carlos Garduno.
"Things didn't go how we planned," Green Forest coach Bradley James said. "As far as the boys go, we would love to have had a different result, but we just didn't run the times we had normally been running. That's cut and dry the way it is. Genoa Central came out and ran a good race to come out on top."
Despite finishing eighth in the Class 4A girls race, Berryville coach Andrew Killingsworth is proud of the effort his team showed.
"MileSplit had predicted our girls to win it, but what MileSplit didn't know was that we were missing four of our top five runners," Killingsworth said. "That's like starting a basketball game without four of your five starters. There is just no way to overcome that. For them to finish eighth in the entire state with only one of their top five runners is an incredible achievement, but it's nowhere close to what we were hoping for."
Individual results from Friday's race are as follows:
Class 3A Boys: Genoa Central won with 49 points, and Green Forest finished third, scoring 100 points. Noah Eskew of Jessieville won with a time of 16 minutes and 31 seconds. Hilton finished third in 17:40, while teammates Ezequiel Calderon finished seventh in 18:21 and Colin Delavin finished 27th in 19:36. Green Forest's Jonathan Farias finished 35th in 19:50, while teammates Tono Mendez finished 38th in 20:06 and Jair Juarez finished 49th in 20:30. Green Forest's Allen DeLeon finished 51st in 20:33 and teammate Urbano Reyes finished 69th in 21:19.
James is unsure why the Tigers had such a poor day on Friday, but he is proud of the effort they gave regardless.
"The conditions were pretty good as far as the running was concerned," James said. "It's just that we didn't run fast enough times as we needed to."
Class 3A girls: Genoa Central won, scoring 58 points and Green Forest finished second, scoring 112 points. Kiley Webb of Melbourne won in 20:00, while Lucy Rios finished 13th in 22:36 for Green Forest and teammate Lyndsay Anglin finished 21st in 23:06. Green Forest's Viannei Rangel finished 23rd in 23:16, while teammates Jennifer Martinez finished 30th in 23:55 and Karina Maravillas finished 43rd in 24:25. Green Forest's Yaritza Quintanilla finished 51st in 24:46, while teammates Emily Bolen finished 55th in 24:53 and Alejandra Lopez finished 73rd in 26:41. Green Forest's Margarita Vegs finished 88th in 27:28.
James is glad the Lady Tigers were able to run such a good race.
"We had some of the girls run their fastest times of the year," James said. "We had Lucy get all-state and then Lexington and Ezequiel from the boys team as well. The girls team getting state-runner up two years in a row is a big accomplishment. That should continue to help build the program and build confidence in what they do. We would like to be one spot higher, but we have a lot of people coming back on the boys and girls side both so I think we will be OK as we continue to move forward."
Class 4A Boys: Cave City won, scoring 68 points and Berryville finished fourth, scoring 131 points. Parker Ables of Heber Springs won in 16:49, while Berryville's Braden Scrivner finished 14th in 18:11 and Brian Tovar finished 19th in 18:34. Berryville's Carlos Garduno finished 20th in 18:36, while teammates Daniel Portillo finished 41st in 19:30 and Nathan Engel finished 42nd in 19:31. Berryville's Eduardo Rangel finished 54th in 19:54, while teammates Alex Lemus finished 63rd in 20:15 and Caden Nickell finished 54th in 20:16. Berryville's Grant Lee finished 78th in 20:48.
Killingsworth said the Bobcats put together a strong race.
"Considering that we graduated as many runners that we were running on Friday, and still to come in fourth, I was just proud," Killingsworth said. "At the beginning of the season I wasn't looking for that. And they are a young team. Of the group that ran on Friday, we are only graduating one, so that is exciting for our boys. They got in there and ran like the champions that they are and other people just ran better."
Class 4A Girls: Heber Springs won, scoring 126 points and Berryville finished eighth, scoring 223 points. Prairie Grove's Bekah Bostain won in 20:03, while Berryville's Alexis Steele finished 18th in 22:49 and teammate Cecilia Doss finished 21st in 22:57. Berryville's Hope Braziel finished 53rd in 25:20, while teammates Alejandra Hernandez finished 67th in 26:05 and Sarah Hale finished 76th in 26:30. Berryville's Raquel Perez finished 88th in 27:00 and Nora Waller finished 100th in 28:02.
"This is the first team that I have coached all the way from seventh grade through 12th grade," Killingsworth said. "These students are real special to me. If these kids came in during seventh grade, some of them ran over 2,000 miles for me. That's a phenomenal thing. One of my girls said that's like running from the Grand Canyon and back. I'm proud of their work ethic. There wasn't a day that they didn't come in and give it 110 percent and that's what makes the difference in being so good. It was a fun season."
Class 1A/2A Boys: Ouachita won, scoring 70 points and Eureka Springs finished seventh, scoring 219 points. Fischer Miller of Sloan Hendrix won in 16:48, while Eureka Springs' Tyler Stephenson finished 13th in 18:33 and teammate Kayden Eckman finished 16th in 18:39. Dalton Arnold of Eureka Springs finished 44th in 20:04, while teammates Austin Moloney finished 80th in 21:33 and Levi Crider finished 83rd in 21:44.
Class 1A/2A Girls: Quitman won, scoring 49 points, while Eureka Springs didn't have enough runners to form a team and Haley Gentry of West Side High School won in 20:24. Eureka Springs' Savannah Reeves finished 34th in 25:34, while teammates Ana Tapia finished 57th in 26:51 and Sichun Shaarup finished 67th in 27:21. Rachel Adams of Eureka Springs finished 91st in 29:13.