Hor­nets take 5th at state

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

HOT SPRINGS – The Bryant Hor­nets cross coun­try team wrapped up their sea­son in fine fash­ion this past Satur­day, tak­ing a fifth place at the Arkansas State Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Oak­lawn Park in Hot Springs, while the Bryant girls took eighth over­all.

The Hor­nets 149 points were good for fifth, while Ben­tonville took the state ti­tle with 30 points. Fayettevil­le (36) was a close second, while Springdale Har-ber (89) and Con­way (138) rounded out the top four.

“This was a tremen­dous way to fin­ish the sea­son,” Bryant Coach Steve Oury said. “We saved our best for last, and a top-five fin­ish was our re­ward. We looked at Cabot, Ben­tonville West and Rogers as teams that we could beat if we ran our best, but we also knew that all three of those teams would be ahead of us if we had an av­er­age day. To beat all three of them was the ic­ing on the cake.”

Bryant picked up two top-20 fin­ishes with ju­nior Ha­gan Austin lead­ing the way with a 16th place in a time of 16:22.20, with twin brother Bres­ner Austin tak­ing 20th over­all in 16:39.30. Ben­tonville’s Lukas Pabst took the top spot in a time of 15:21.90.

“Ha­gan Austin ran the race of his life,” Oury said, “and Bres­ner Austin was right there with him.”

Hor­net sopho­more Chris Her­rera fol­lowed with a 30th-place spot in a time of 16:54.80, while ju­nior Luis Martinez (39th - 17:17.30) and se­nior Chris­tian Brack (47th - 17:27.20) rounded Bryant’s scor­ing with top-50 fin­ishes.

“Chris Her­rera ran un­der 17 min­utes for the first time, and Luis Martinez and Chris­tian Brack did a great job of round­ing out our top five,” Oury said. “I couldn’t be prouder of all the guys who com­peted for us to­day.”

Se­nior Ethan Saf­fle

(64th - 17:45.20), se­nior Ethan Ives (89th - 18:27.60), sopho­more Cam Apel (98th 18:45.10) and ju­nior Am­mon

Hen­der­son (108th - 19:06.50) also com­peted at state.

For the girls, the Lady Hor­nets took eighth over­all with 254 points, with Ben­tonville tak­ing the team ti­tle with 36 points. Fayettevil­le was a close second with 38 points, with Rogers (51), Ben­tonville West (150) and Har-ber

(150) round­ing out the top five.

Bryant ju­nior Madi­son Dettmer led the Lady Hor­nets with a 49th-place fin­ish in a time of 22:02.40, while fresh­man Mariel

Ocana (52nd - 22:09.20), sopho­more Mcken­zie Hicks (60th - 22:34.50), ju­nior Jil­lian Col­cla­sure (61st - 22:38.30) and fresh­man Mad­die

Nel­son (63rd - 22:45.80) rounded out Bryant’s scor­ing.

Se­nior Olivia Orr (77th - 23:17.60), se­nior Lauren Heath (79th - 23:19.40), ju­nior Macken­zie Moore (87th - 23:47.50) and ju­nior Caro­line Pel­ton (93rd 24:06.20) rounded out the Lady Hor­net run­ners at state.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

The Bryant Hor­nets cross coun­try team poses at Oak­lawn Park at the 6A Arkansas State Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships this past Satur­day in Hot Springs. Bryant took fifth over­all.

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