Cross Coun­try teams at State

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN MCGEE Spe­cial to The TIMES

The Black­hawks boys and girls cross coun­try teams made a solid de­but in the new 4A clas­si­fi­ca­tion at the State Cham­pi­onship Cross Coun­try Run in Hot Springs last week.

The boys fought a nip and tuck bat­tle with Ber­ryville for third place be­fore the ’Hawks pre­vailed by a point 134-135. The Bob­cats led the ’Hawks by a cou­ple of points after the first run­ners came in, but the ’Hawks got back ahead by a cou­ple of points fol­low­ing the fin­ish of the sec­ond run­ners. Ber­ryville surged back ahead of the Black­hawks after the third run­ners fin­ished but a solid ad­van­tage gained by the ’Hawks’ fourth run­ner over the ‘Cats fourth run­ner gave Pea Ridge just enough edge to win by 1.

Huntsville won the boys meet by 18 points, 43-61 over sec­ond place DeQueen High School. Fel­low 4A-1 con­fer­ence team Har­ri­son was fifth with 185, giv­ing the lo­cal district four of the top five teams in the fi­nal stand­ings. Other teams in the top 25 in­clude: Batesville 210, He­ber Springs 235, Prairie Grove 265, Val­ley View 273, Mena 306, Su­bi­aco 338, Gen­try 418, Pu­laski 429, Shiloh 438, Dar­danelle 444, Clarksville 469, Ozark 479, Mon­ti­cello 491, Farmington 491, Robin­son 533, Hope 573, Ham­burg 579, Dover 619, Mag­no­lia 630 and eStem 631.

Har­ri­son won the girls meet, giv­ing the 4A-1 con­fer­ence a clean sweep of the ti­tles. Har­ri­son scored 39 to run away with the meet, far ahead of sec­ond place Val­ley View with 93. DeQueen was third with 116, just ahead of Pea Ridge who fin­ished with 136. Right be­hind the ’Hawks in fifth was He­ber Springs who scored 151. Other top 25 teams were: Batesville 184, Prairie Grove 212, Clarksville 246, Robin­son 297, Ber­ryville 302, Pottsville 331, Poc­a­hon­tas 342, Huntsville 345, Star CIty 382, eStem 385, Mon­ti­cello 401, Gen­try 455, Pu­laski 466, Ham­burg 481, Ozark 484, Hope 535 and Nashville 587.

Three Black­hawk ath­letes made the 4A All State team this sea­son. The Black­hawks got eighth place fin­ishes from two run­ners, Shaed Cates and Har­mony Reynolds. Cates cov­ered the 5K dis­tance (3.1 miles) in 18:19 with Reynolds cov­er­ing the dis­tance for the girls in 22:07. Will Feem­ster was the other All-State hon­oree hav­ing taken 13th place among the 230 ath­letes com­pet­ing that day. Feem­ster recorded a 18:47 clock­ing.

Also scor­ing for the boys was San­der Van Der Veen who was 32nd (19:25); Josiah Small, 37th (19:30); and Levi Schultz, 47th (19:45). Oth­ers scor­ing for the girls were Liz Vasquez, 23rd (23:12); Dal­lice White, 30th (23:38); Olivia Scates, 35th (23:52); and Mad­dyson Robin­son, 43rd (24:12).

The Arkansas Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion re­drew the clas­si­fi­ca­tions for this year that in­volved mov­ing half of the 5A clas­si­fi­ca­tion into the 4A. The AAA moved the 16 small­est 5A schools down into the 4A with the 16 small­est 4A schools moved down into 3A. Pea Ridge fin­ished first among all teams that would have been 4A un­der the old di­vi­sions, as ev­ery team fin­ish­ing ahead of Pea Ridge was from the 5A class of a year ago.

The Run­nin’ ’Hawks will now turn their at­ten­tion to in­door track and field com­pe­ti­tion with the Lady ’Hawks re­turn­ing to de­fend their sur­pris­ing state cham­pi­onship run of a year ago. While the com­pe­ti­tion will be markedly stiffer from a year ago, the Lady ’Hawks will likely be fa­vored to win again this year.

The boys’ team were nosed out of a sec­ond place team tro­phy by a mil­lime­ter last year. They have the tools to make an­other run at the top this sea­son.

The in­door sea­son be­gins in Jan­uary.

Pho­to­graphs submitted

The Black­hawk cross coun­try team fin­ished third over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion at Hot Springs this past week­end.

Lady Black­hawk cross coun­try run­ners fin­ished fourth place in state.

All-state run­ner Har­mony Reynolds fin­ished eighth in state, ac­cord­ing to coach Heather Wade. Reynolds cov­ered the dis­tance for the girls in 22:07.

Black­hawk cross coun­try run­ner Shaed Cates fin­ished eighth over­all out of 247 run­ners, qual­i­fy­ing him for All-State. Will Feem­ster (not pic­tured) fin­ished 14th and also qual­i­fied for All-State. Cates cov­ered the 5K dis­tance (3.1 miles) in 18:19.

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