RUSSELLVILLE — Junior Luke Lindsley set a new personal record over a 5K (3.1 mile) distance with a time of 16:56 to place sixth overall as the Bryant Hornets cross country team finished fifth at the Cylcone Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Nineteen teams and a total of 207 runners completed in the race. Lake Hamilton took the team title with a a total of 64 points, followed by Russellville (71), Cabot (93), LR Catholic (93), and Bryant (109).
The remainder of the Hornets top seven included Jacob Clark (24th in 17:57), Logan Howard (26th in 18:01), Dillon Rhodes (27th in 18:05), Jesse Wolf (35th in 18:17), Peter Alverio (36th in 18:19), and Michael Smith (45th in 18:34).[more]
"Although we had too big of a gap from our first to second runner, we met several goals we had for the day,” related Hornets coach Steve Oury. “We wanted to keep the gap from our first to fifth runner under 90 seconds, and we did. We wanted to have a top 10 finisher and Luke came through there.
“He ran a super race,” he said of Lindsley. “We also had some sophomores step up for us. Jesse Wolf and Peter Alverio did a great job of getting up and reducing the time gap behind our fourth runner."
In the junior boys division, the Bryant finally broke Russellville's stranglehold on the area competition by winning the 20-team meet with a total of 86 points. Cabot placed second with 100 points followed by Russellville (103), Lake Hamilton (119), and Lakeside (136).
Rodrigo Rodarte was the top Junior Hornet, placing 12th in 11:49 over the two-mile course.
The next six Junior Hornets were Bryan Riley (14th in 12:03), Damian Kropp (17th in 12:11), Nick Ballew (22nd in 12:24), Michael Nash (26th in 12:29), Josh Keyes (36th in 12:51), and Druid Wen (53rd in 13:16).
"We were very pleasantly surprised to get the victory today,” Oury stated. “We took a page from Coach (Dan) Westbrook's senior high girls team and used a nice ‘pack attack.’ We had a 40-second gap from our first to fifth runner, which is very good.
“It's always nice to get a victory, so hopefully we can set a trend of bringing home first place trophies,” he added. “Coach (Rhonda) Hall and Coach (Angel) Dale really have done a super job at the middle schools. Three of our top seven runners are either in seventh or eighth grade, which is very exciting."
Bryant is scheduled to run at the Lake Hamilton Wolves Invitational at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, Oct. 10.