Hornets strong at Invitational
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.
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.