Oury likes Hornets’ effort at jam-packed Chile Pepper

FAYETTEVILLE — The Bryant Hornets competed in the biggest cross country meet in the region[more] Saturday, finishing 32nd out of 64 teams at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Invitational in Fayetteville. Bryant was the ninth Arkansas team and sixth from Class 7A.

For the second meet in a row, freshman Charlie Terry led the way for the Hornets, placing 88th out of 494 finishers in a time of 17:10. Sophomore Connor Wilson placed 97th in 17:15, with Nicholas Schmidt (203rd in 18:11), Clifton Hampton (284th in 18:43), Dru Wen (290th in 18:46), Tyler Purtle (300th in 18:51), Jim Dellorto (310th in 18:58), and Spencer Adami (322nd in 19:02) completing the Hornets lineup.

"I liked our effort out there,” said Bryant coach Steve Oury. “We had a mixed bag as far as performances go. Charlie Terry and Connor Wilson did a good job of fighting the traffic, but I felt like some of our other guys just couldn't break free from the congestion and run as fast as they are capable. The windy, humid conditions also played a factor. With a team as young as ours, this will be a valuable learning experience that we can draw from in future meets."

The Hornets will wrap up the regular season next Saturday at the Lake Hamilton Invitational at Oaklawn Park. They’ll return to northwest Arkansas — Rogers — for the 7A-West Conference meet on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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