RUSSELLVILLE — The Bryant Junior Hornets claimed their second consecutive team championship of the[more] season at the Russellville Cyclone Invitational Saturday. The Junior Hornets, running without top runner Connor Wilson, won the meet with a total of 72 points, outpacing Russellville (89 points), and 17 other teams. Wilson rested this week after suffering a slight hip injury.
Bethel eighth grader Charlie Terry paced the Junior Hornets with a seventh place finish in a time of 11:41. Freshman Mark Winn placed 11th in a time of 11:59, with eighth grader Ben Majors (16th in 12:10), freshman Jim Dellorto (17th in 12:11), freshman Dru Wen (21st in 12:29), freshman Nicholas Schmidt (25th in 12:36), and freshman Antonyo Sanchez (37th in 13:01) rounding out the team’s top seven.
"We told the guys that we were really going to have to step up since Connor Wilson wasn't running,” said Hornets coach Steve Oury. “They did in a big way. All of our top runners ran well.
“Charlie Terry loves to compete, as does Mark Winn,” he added. “I thought Jim Dellorto did a great job after getting boxed in at the start and having to work his way back up through the pack. Ben Majors and Dru Wen are also doing a great job. Wen works as hard as anybody on the team, so it's just a matter of time before he puts a great race together."
The Bryant cross country teams will be back in action next Saturday at the Lake Hamilton Invitational at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.