Photos courtesy of Cynthia Austin
CABOT — The Bryant Junior Hornets closed out their season Saturday in Cabot at the Walmart Junior High Cross Country Championships with a third-place finish out of 11 teams. Conway won the team title with a score of 28. Lake Hamilton was runner-up with a score of 49, followed by Bryant (93), Cabot (96), and Russellville (173).
Bresner Austin led the way for the Bryant with a fifth-place finish in a time of 11:01, with Chris Herrera (18th in 11:44), Dylan White (19th in 11:48), Christian Brack (20th in 11:48), Brandon Mann (34th in 12:13), Eathan Ives (35th in 12:16), and Hagan Austin (36th in 12:17) rounding out the top 7.
“We ran a decent race today,” said Hornets coach Steve Oury. “Bresner Austin ran very well but we had too big of a gap back to our next runner. Chris Herrera got stuck in the back of the pack at the start and did a nice job of working his way up. Christian Brack had his best race of the season.
“As usual, we had lots of 7th and 8th graders contribute, so next year should be very promising,” he added. “I can’t emphasize enough what a great job our coaches have done. Coach Deanna Porter at Bryant Middle School and Coach Denise Smith at Bethel really had their kids ready to run. Coach Lisa Dreher has also done a great job with the ninth graders.”