2002 Cross Country
Special to DyeStat September 19, 2002
With two weeks of races in the books, the nationally-ranked Russellville Cyclones are off and running. Running without Chase Feltner, the Cyclones took a close win over the Conway Wampus Cats, 49-54, at the UALR Open (Hendrix College, Conway, 9/7/2002). The Cyclones had a troubling spread of 2:47 to hold off Conway who posted a respectable 1:19 spread. The following week at the Zero Mountain Races (Ft. Smith, 9/14/2002), Chase Feltner made his 2002 debut and led the Cyclones to an easy 23-47 win in a nine-team race over Tulsa Bishop Kelley. Russellville cut the five-man spread to a more reasonable 1:46.
In Girls action, the Bryant Lady Hornets set the opening pace at the UALR Open (9/7/2002) with a solid 51-68 win over Lake Hamilton in a 13-team race. Bryant overcame Lake Hamilton’s 2-3 finish with a solid 1:21 spread. The same two teams squared off again the following week at the Ouachita Baptist University Invitational (Arkadelphia, 9/14/2002) with similar results except that Tennessee power Houston High School came out with a strong 35-67-89 win. Houston placed their Top 5 in the first eleven finishers with a terrific 44 second spread over the 2.5 mile course. Houston averaged a swift 15:30 for their Top 5 while Bryant clocked a nice 15:55 with Lake Hamilton at 16:20 but with a dangerous 3:20 spread.
STARS OF THE WEEK:
GIRLS --- Sophomore Ashley Williams of Little Rock Mount St. Mary’s has set the bar high with two impressive wins. At the UALR Open (9/7/2002), Williams finished the 4K course in 14:58.71 and showed the following week that this was no fluke as she raced to a win at the OBU Invite (9/14/2002) over 2.5 miles in a sizzling 14:27.64.
Lake Hamilton’s Beth Madson (junior), last spring’s 3200m winner at the Meet of Champs, posted two very good times of 15:36.87 at UALR and 14:53.63 at OBU.
Houston High School (TN) turned in a very strong team effort with each of their Top 5 under 16:00 over 2.5 miles….Caroline Peyton in 15:09.73, Rachel Anderson in 15:12.41, Kimberly McVeigh at 15:30.90, Jordan Kaltwasser at 15:43.23 and Sarah Olsen at 15:53.67.
Other notables were:
Patricia Bradbury, Lake Hamilton 15:12 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Candice James, Bryant 15:33 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Brooke Higgs, Bryant 15:34 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Kristen Kennerly, Magnet Cove 15:41 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Mary Edwards, Bryant 15:56 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Shannon Brown, Searcy 15:59 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Laura Broderdorf, Mt. Home 15:59 (Bobcat Invite, Berryville, 9/14/2002)
BOYS --- Chase Feltner of Russellville cruised to an easy 5K win in 15:42 over brother Travis in 16:14 at the Zero Mountain Races in Ft. Smith on 9/14/2002. Travis had taken the win at the UALR Open (9/7/2002) with a 16:12 over 5K.
Other notables were:
Tyler Kelly, Tulsa Bishop Kelley 16:27 (Zero Mountain, 9/14/2002)
Burt Hicks, Lake Hamilton 16:30 (OBU, 9/14/2002)
Girls 1A/2A/3A …….Berryville, Dover, DeQueen, Perryville, Eureka Springs
Girls 4A/5A …………Bryant, Lake Hamilton, Rogers, Fayetteville, Mt. Home
Boys 1A/2A/3A …….DeQueen, Pottsville, Berryville, Heber Springs, Lamar
Boys 4A/5A …………Russellville, Conway, Lake Hamilton, Rogers, Mt. Home