The Cross Country team traveled to Conway on the 15th, then to Hot Springs on the 22nd to compete in two of the most popular races of the year. The Wampus Cat Invitational is held at Beaverfork Lake in Conway while Lake Hamilton holds their race at Oaklawn inside the horse track. Teams from across the state come to compete in these races every year. Conway’s meet had over 800 runners while Lake Hamilton hosted over 1300 runners.
In Conway, two Star City runners earned a medal in the meet by finishing in the top 20 places of their race. Maddie Anders was 9th in Junior girls race with a time of 12:41. With a sprint at the finish she was almost able to catch the 7th and 8th place finishers who all posted the same 12:41 finish time. Kaylee Eifling also had a strong finish, sprinting into 20th place earning the last medal for the race. Ally Grayson was another top performer for Star City in Junior girls race but she finished just out of medal position in 23rd.
The Junior Boys were the first to run at Oaklawn and their race had 351 runners. Although no Star City boys finished in medaled positions, they were 1st in the 1A-4A team rankings. The team members of Zavon Blackmon, Levi Holloway, Fidel Zuspan, John Elrod, Javeon Turner, Jackson Boardman and Bryan Magana all received 1st place medals for their performance. The Junior girls ran next and Anders, Eifling and Grayson all received a medal for finishing in the top 30 positions. Maddie Anders finished 19th, Kaylee Eifling finished 23rd and Ally Grayson secured the 29th spot with a sprint at the end. The team score for the girls put Star City in 2nd place in the 1A-4A rankings of teams. Other scoring members of the team were Gail Magana and Brianna Luker.
The team will be competing in the Southeast Conference on Saturday, October 29, on the campus of UAM. All are welcome to cheer on the Star City runners in their last meet before State.