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Arkansas 2003 cross country
Arkansas State Meet
Nov 8, 2003 at Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs AR - Boys 5k, Girls 4k
wet grass, rolling hills, cool 9

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Fastest of day are 5A champs: Lake Hamilton sr Burt Hicks 15:55 5k and Mount St. Mary's jr Ashley Williams 14:26 4k (53 seconds ahead of second best). Team sweeps by 5A Rogers, 3A DeQueen, and 1A/2A Little Rock Lutheran.


Bob Kelly

Burt Hicks (Lake Hamilton senior) finally got his chance after being in the shadows of the winner's circle for the past three years and took home the Class 5A Boys individual championship with a15:54.9 clocking for 5K.  Ashley Williams (Mount St. Mary's junior) repeated as Class 5A Girls champ by slicing 40 seconds off her time on the same course as 2002 and took home a 52 second win with a 14:25.4 for 4K. (Note: Actually the course was slightly modified from last year but not significantly.)


It is only fitting that a meet held on the infield of a premier thoroughbred racing track would see a rare "cross country trifecta" as three schools took home double wins in the Boys and Girls.  Little Rock Lutheran in only its third year of CC competition repeated as Class 1/2A (smallest schools) Boys champions and added their first Girls championship.  In Class 3A, DeQueen won narrowly in both races while Rogers took home both Class 5A wins in convincing style. The Mounties placed their first five the Top 12 while the Lady Mounties put five in the Top 23.  The wins moved Rogers into 2nd on the all-time CC championships list with 24 as the Lady Mounties remained on top of the Girls list with 13 and the Mounties moved into a tie for 4th with 11.  Northwest Arkansas teams won 8 of the 16 championship and runner-up trophies while Benton County teams alone won five.  Teams results are summarized below for the Top 3:


1/2A - Little Rock Lutheran (58), Eureka Springs (64), Genoa Central (108)
3A - DeQueen (46), Berryville (54), Dover (74)
4A - Harrison (37), Siloam Springs (52), Vilonia (85)
5A - Rogers (56), Bentonville (76), Springdale (96)


1/2A - Little Rock Lutheran (35), Acorn (67), Little Rock Christian (68)
3A - DeQueen (33), Heber Springs (39), Berryville (105)
4A - Siloam Springs (63), Greene County Tech (86), Hot Springs Lakeside (113)
5A - Rogers (40), Springdale (94), Fayetteville (120)


Girls (4K):

1/2A - Lauren Hagans, Little Rock Christians (16:00.3)
3A - Julia Huie, Clinton (16:06.7)
4A - Dianne Miller, Siloam Springs (16:03.3)
5A - Ashley Williams, Mount St. Mary's (14:25.4)

Boys (5K):

1/2A - Steven Hooper, Acorn (17:21.9)
3A - Josh Bruno, Heber Springs (16:34.8)
4A - Quincy Googe, Little Rock Fair (16:46.1)
5A - Burt Hicks, Lake Hamilton (15:54.6)

The Top 10 best times overall are as below:


1. Ashley Williams (JR), Mount St. Mary's, 5A, 14:25
2. Leigh Ann Moore (SOPH), Jonesboro, 5A, 15:18
3. Staci Papageorge (SOPH), Rogers, 5A, 15:27
4. Patricia Bradbury (SR), Lake Hamilton, 5A, 15:40
5. Brooke Higgs (JR), Bryant, 5A, 15:42
6. Beth Madson (SR), Lake Hamilton, 5A, 15:49
7. Janie Blackmon (FR), Russellville, 5A 15:51
8. Hanna Bryant (FR), Bentonville, 5A 15:53
9. Lauren Hagans (SR), Little Rock Christian, 16:00
10. Dianne Miller (SR), Siloam Springs, 16:03


1. Burt Hicks, (SR), Lake Hamilton,5A, 15:54
2. Eric Harris (JR), Conway,5A, 16:03
3. Michael McCullough (JR), Rogers, 5A, 16:15
4. Raven Fuller (SOPH), Conway, 5A, 16:20
5. Brandon Wheeler (SR), Ft. Smith Northside, 5A, 16:21
6. Caleb Gordon (SR), Rogers, 5A, 16:30
7. Patrick McGowan (SR), Springdale, 5A, 16:31
8. Josh Bruno, Heber Springs, 3A, 16:34
9. Zach Hines (SR), Rogers, 5A, 16:39
10. Aaron Batey, Van Buren, 5A, 16:40


from www.ArkansasTrackStats.com , the site for Arkansas news

Arkansas 2003 High School Cross Country State Meet Preview

November 7, 2003

The 2003 Arkansas High School State Cross Country Meets will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2003 on the infield of the renowned Oaklawn Park Thoroughbred Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The course is grass with rolling hills and is tremendously spectator friendly. Boys run 5K and the Girls run 4K. Class 5A is the largest 32 schools, 4A the next largest 32 schools, 3A the next 32 largest schools and 1/2 A are the remaining schools. Favorites are highlighted below:


Last year's finish and the most recent Arkansas Track Coaches Association Poll place are shown in parens. Teams are shown in order of rank in the poll.


Class 1/2 A

Class 3A

Class 4A

Class 5A

Eureka Springs (2nd; 1st)

Little Rock Lutheran (4th; 2nd)

Harding Academy (1st; 3rd)


DeQueen (5th; 1st)

Berryville (1st; 2nd)

Dover (3rd; 3rd)

Heber Springs (7th; 4th)

Harrison (3rd; 1st)

Siloam Springs (1st; 2nd)

Greene County Tech (4th; NR)

Vilonia (2nd; NR)


Rogers (2nd; 1st)

Bryant (1st; 2nd)

Lake Hamilton (5th; 3rd)

Bentonville (9th; 7th)




Class 1/2 A

Class 3A

Class 4A

Class 5A

LR Lutheran (1st; 1st)

Acorn (6th; 2nd)

LR Christian (2nd; 3rd)


DeQueen (1st; 1st)

Heber Springs (2nd; 2nd)

Berryville (3rd; 3rd)


Siloam Springs (2nd; 1st)

Greene County Tech (7th; NR)

Harrison (6th; NR)


Rogers (1st; 1st)

Fayetteville (2nd; 2nd)

Springdale (5th; 3rd)

Bryant (8th; 4th)

Lake Hamilton (7th; 5th)




  Burt Hicks (Lake Hamilton senior) leads a group of eight boys who have met the DyeStat Elite mark for 5K this fall. Hicks has posted a 15:14 at the Missouri Southern Stampede earlier this season and 15:28 at the Chile Pepper Festival last month. A group of 8-10 should be in hot pursuit led by Raven Fuller (Conway soph), Michael McCullough (Rogers junior), Alex Nimmo (Fayetteville senior), Eric Harris (Conway junior), Luis Flores (Rogers junior), Patrick McGowan (Springdale senior) and Zach Hines (Rogers senior).

  For the Girls, Ashley Williams (Mount St. Marys junior) sped to a 14:27 clocking at the Chile Pepper Festival with the best time by nearly 40 seconds. Others in 5A with sub-15:30 times for 4K are Staci Papageorge (Rogers soph), Patricia Bradbury (Lake Hamilton senior), Beth Madson (Lake Hamilton senior), Brooke Higgs (Bryant junior), Leigh Ann Moore (Jonesboro soph), LeAnna Peerson (Rogers soph) and Janie Blackmon (Russellville freshman). Dianne Miller (Siloam Springs senior) has a 15:30 to her credit this season which is the best by over 30 seconds in Class 4A.

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