Hor­nets strong at In­vi­ta­tional

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

RUS­SEL­LVILLE — Bryant ju­nior Bres­ner Austin fin­ished fourth over­all in lead­ing the Hor­nets to a sixth-place fin­ish out of 27 teams at the Rus­sel­lville Cy­clone In­vi­ta­tional this past Satur­day in Rus­sel­lville. The Bryant girls also took 13th out of 15 teams in the 5K.

The Hor­nets scored 134 points for their sixth place, with Con­way win­ning the meet with 53. Cabot (78), Fayet­teville

(93), Lake Hamil­ton (93) and Ben­tonville (106) rounded out the top five.

“Other than Chile Pep­per, this is prob­a­bly the most com­pet­i­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son meet in the state,” Bryant Coach Steve Oury said. “Sev­eral north­west Arkansas teams al­ways com­pete each year. The course is blaz­ing fast so lots of per­sonal records are set. We were miss­ing one of our top five, but I was pleased with our ef­fort.

“I think our top nine run­ners all set per­sonal records. Down the road, we will need to work on get­ting out to a bet­ter start as we ap­proach the con­fer­ence meet.”

Austin picked up his fourth­place fin­ish in a time of 15:54.90, while twin brother Ha­gan Austin took 13th over­all in a time of 16:30.0.

Bryant sopho­more Chris Her­rera fol­lowed for the Hor­nets with a 32nd-place fin­ish in a time of 17:01.40, while Luis Martinez was 44th in 17:18.20. Ju­nior Am­mon Hen­der­son rounded out the top five for Bryant with a 46th place in 17:19.40.

For the Bryant girls, se­nior Re­becca Har­gis led the Lady Hor­nets with a 90th-place fin­ish in a time of 24:02.70, while ju­nior Pol­let Ocana-reyes fol­lowed at 92nd in 24:05.20. Sopho­more Madi­son Ha­gan was 95th in 24:13.0.

JU­NIOR HIGH

The Bryant Ju­nior High boys also had a nice show­ing at the Cy­clone In­vite, com­ing in with a fourth-place fin­ish out of 27 teams. The Jr. Hor­nets scored 115 points, while Fayet­teville took the ju­nior por­tion of the meet with 50 points. Ben­tonville (77), Lake Hamil­ton (105), Bryant (115) and Green­wood (124) rounded out the top five.

“Our ju­nior high boys did a great job of pack­ing to­gether,” Oury said. “There were 444 fin­ish­ers in the ju­nior boys’ race, so it is easy to get caught in the traf­fic. We just needed the pack to be a lit­tle far­ther up to have a chance to win. How­ever, fourth is a solid fin­ish con­sid­er­ing the qual­ity of the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Ge­orge Terry led the Jr. Hor­nets with a 14th-place fin­ish in a time of 11:49.50 in the 2-mile race. Bryant’s Brady Binga­man took 16th (11:52.30) and Alex Skel­ley 19th (11:57.30) also fin­ished in the top 20.

Ma­son Lewis (27th – 12:09.30), Lay­ton Baugh (40th – 12:24.30) and Sam Her­ring (45th – 12:30.0) all made top 50.

The Bryant Ju­nior High girls took fifth out of 26 teams. Green­wood dom­i­nated the meet with 48 points, with Lake Hamil­ton (122), Cabot (154), Con­way (182) and Bryant (190) round­ing out the top five.

Mariel Ocana led the Jr. Lady Hor­nets at 22nd place in a time of 14:12.50. Grace Tay­lor was 34th in 14:30.50 and Ada­lynn Mel­lon 37th at 14:31.10.

Bryant is back in ac­tion this week­end when the Hor­nets com­pete in the Chile Pep­per Fes­ti­val at Agri Park in Fayet­teville on Satur­day.

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