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