Ju­nior Hor­nets take top spot

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

HOT SPRINGS — The Bryant Ju­nior High Hor­nets con­tin­ued their ex­cel­lent sea­son with a win this past Satur­day, while the Bryant Jr. Lady Hor­nets took sec­ond at the Lake Hamil­ton In­vi­ta­tional at Oak­lawn Park in Hot Springs.

The Bryant boys took the top spot with 52 points, fol­lowed by Rogers Her­itage (63), Rus­ton (110), host Lake Hamil­ton (115) and Lake­side (134).

The Jr. Hor­nets ran in a bunch Satur­day, putting their top five scor­ing run­ners in the top 15 and added a 16th place to earn the win.

Ge­orge Terry led the way for Bryant with an eighth-place fin­ish in a time of 11:43.53 in the 2K race,

while Brady Binga­man was a close ninth at 11:47.53.

“The Bryant Ju­nior High boys had a great race on Satur­day,” Bryant Jr. boys Coach Brooke Meis­ter said. “We knew that it was go­ing to be a hard race be­ing that the course was a lit­tle longer and there were quite a few hills, but our boys came out ready to race.

“We had two great packs. The first pack made up of Ge­orge Terry, Brady Binga­man and Ma­son

Lewis. They got out quick and re­ally com­peted with the lead run­ners. Our sec­ond

pack made up of Alex Skel­ley, Bran­don Avila and Lay­ton Baugh. Th­ese boys re­ally pushed each other through­out the en­tire race. I am very proud of how well all of the boys raced.”

Lewis picked up an 11th-place fin­ish in a time of 11:56.65, while Skel­ley (14th – 12:02.99) and Avila (15th – 12:12.25) rounded out Bryant’s scor­ing. Lay­ton Baugh took 16th in a time of 12:13.30.

The Bryant girls also had a suc­cess­ful race, tak­ing sec­ond over­all by just three points. Vilo­nia won the team race with 53 points, while the Jr. Lady Hor­nets’ 56 was good for sec­ond. Lake­side was a close third with 59, while Lake Hamil­ton (85)

and Lit­tle Rock Chris­tian (131) rounded out the top five. .

“The ju­nior girls did very well in get­ting sec­ond place con­sid­er­ing we were miss­ing three of our top girls (Mariel Ocana, Mad­die Nel­son, and Paige Spicer),” Bryant girls Coach Ni­cole Brad­bury said. “This course was hilly but they were pre­pared and ea­ger to tackle the chal­lenge.”

Ai­dan Fisher led the

Jr. Lady Hor­nets with an eighth-place fin­ish in a time of 14:07.94, while Ada­lynn Mellon was a close ninth in 14:09.21. Grace Tay­lor earned a 17th-place fin­ish in a time of 14:26.98.

Fin­ish­ing Bryant’s scor­ing was Gra­cie Rocha

(27th – 14:49.49) and Perla Li­mon (29th – 14:51.57). Ha­ley Avila fin­ished 31st in 14:53.50.

“Ai­dan Fisher showed a strong kick in the last stretch pass­ing our top sev­enth-grader, Ada­lynn Mellon,” Brad­bury said. “Both girls showed a lot of grit. Our third, Grace Tay­lor, steps up ev­ery meet and al­ways works hard for the team. Our fourth was Gra­cie Rocha and our fifth was

Perla Li­mon. Th­ese girls are in­cred­i­bly con­sis­tent and re­ally showed up with their game faces on.”

The ju­nior high teams will con­clude their sea­son next Satur­day in Cabot at the Wal­mart Jr. High Cham­pi­onship Meet.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

The Bryant Jr. Hor­nets stand at the podium af­ter win­ning the Lake Hamil­ton In­vi­ta­tional at Oak­lawn Park in Hot Springs this past Satur­day.

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