2019's Top Sports Stories, No. 5: Lady Tigers take 3rd at state meet
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest girls track program is a model of consistency, and the 2019 season was just another example.
The Lady Tigers won their 14th consecutive conference championship and finished second in the Class 3A state meet on May 1 on their home track.
Green Forest’s successful track season is the No. 4 sports story in Carroll County for 2019.
Green Forest senior Karina Maravillas won the 800-meter state championship and finished second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She also ran a leg on the Lady Tigers’ state championship 4X800 relay team, where she was joined by teammates Jennifer Martinez, Lyndsay Anglin and Lucy Rios.
The Tigers finished 10th in the boys team standings at the state meet. Green Forest senior Lexington Hilton won the 3,200-meter state championship and finished second in the 1,600-meter run.
Then-Green Forest girls coach Trista Killingsworth, who later resigned to take a position in the Bentonville School District, pointed to the success of the Lady Tigers’ seniors, most of whom had been competing for the high school varsity since they were freshmen. In that time, Green Forest had two second-place finishes and two third-place showings in the state meet.
“They’ve had a fantastic track career,” Killingsworth said.