The Hornet cross country team continues to succeed and won the Berryville Invitation on Oct. 12. Because of a complication with the timing system, Coach Nick Taylor wasn’t 100 percent of the team score but knows Maumelle defeated runner-up Berryville by several points in the 4/5 A division. Although the Hornets won, Taylor didn’t think they gave their best performances. He thinks the hilly and muddy terrain got into their heads.
Results for the boys were:
3rd Place - Sean Adams 18:38
4th - Hayden Anderson 18:45
5th - Adam Hoy 18:46
8th - Zach Williams 19:16
11th - Cody Motes 19:59
The times for the rest of the team were:
6th on the team Bret Sherkenbach 20:18
7th Darrius Thomas 20:45
8th Stephen Edwards 22:26
9th Xzavier Pettus 22:27
10th Tracy Cook
In the girls’ division, Maumelle didn’t have enough for a team but Taylor was proud of how the three girls competed. Caroline Sweet finished third (23:53) after moving up about 10 spots after the first mile. Jordan Marshall and Akeia Joyner were around 45th place at the mile and finished 8th and 9th respectively. Marshall had a time of 25:23, and Joyner’s time was 25:31.
On Oct. 5, they competed in the Chile Pepper in Fayetteville and the boys’ team finished 43 out of 71 teams and just behind 4A defending 4A state champion Heber Springs who was 42nd. Hoy was 179th with a time of 18:23, Adams in 184th with a time of 18:25, Anderson in 239th with a time of 18:54, Williams in 293rd with a time of 19:18, and Motes in 313th with a time of 19:31 to round out the top five boys.
The girls were led by Sweet’s 213th place performance with a time of 23:03. Joyner was 372nd with a time of 26:45 and Kamillah Phillips’ time of 31:50 was good for 421st on the muddy course.