Wilson takes individual honors in junior girls race

Photos courtesy of Jason Majors

RUSSELLVILLE — Behind the individual victory of freshman Sydney Wilson, the Bryant Junior Lady Hornets took fourth place in the team competition at the Russellville Cyclone Invitational Saturday.

Sydney Wilson

Sydney Wilson

Russellville won the title with a score of 85 points followed by Heber Springs (94), Caddo Hills (105), Bryant (111), and Pulaski Academy (145).  There were 11 teams and 175 individual finishers in the race.

Wilson stayed in second behind Ali Jones of Heber Springs for most of the race.  With a strong surge in the last 50 meters, she passed Jones and took the victory by a mere two seconds.  Wilson’s time was 13:38 with Jones taking second in 13:40.

“Sydney did a great job of not giving up and tracking down the girl from Heber Springs in the last few meters of the race,” noted Lady Hornets coach Danny Westbrook. “She ran a great race.”

Bryant freshman Rachel Curtis also received a top 20 medal by taking 19th with a time of 14:40.

Rachel Curtis

Rachel Curtis

Eighth-grader Camryn Bolton finished 26th in a time of 15:02.  The rest of Bryant’s scorers were Anne Cockmon (35th, 15:33) and Lauren Hart (39th, 15:44). Carissa Colclsure (44th, 15:59) and Jasmine Reeves (47th, 16:05) finished out the top 7.

“I thought as a team we ran better today, but we still have some huge time gaps between our scoring runners that we have to correct in order to be in contention for a team title,” Westbrook commented.

Next up for the Bryant Cross Country program is the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville next Saturday.

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