BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Friday, November 3rd, the local Acorn, Cossatot, and Mena cross-country teams competed in their respected class state meets at Lake Hamilton.
In the 1A/2A Boys 5,000 meter run, the Acorn Tigers came in third overall, as Ouachita placed first, Sloan-Hendrix second, Salem fourth, and Haas Hall fifth. Brady Lyle was the first Tiger to complete the race and came in twenty-third place.
The Acorn Lady Tigers finished state runner-up in the 1A/2A Girls 5,000 meter run, while Quitman came in first, Bigelow third, Kingston fourth, and Des Arc fifth. Teammates Ashlynn Bissell and Faith Hill both placed in the top ten, as Bissell finished sixth and Hill finished ninth.
The Cossatot Eagles placed sixteenth overall in the 3A Boys 5,000 meter run, as the top five included Genoa Central, Jessieville, Green Forrest, Elkins, and Bismark. Brandon Marrufo and and Hector Hernandez finished in the top one-hundred for the Eagles, as Marrufo placed seventy-fifth and Hernandez placed ninety-second.
In the 4A Boys 5,000 meter run, the Mena Bearcats came in tenth overall, as Cave City finished first, Heber Springs second, Huntsville third, Berryville fourth, and Pea Ridge fifth. In the top fifty individually, Logan Meyers placed thirty-second and Robert McIntyre placed fiftieth.
Moe Nakanishi finished ninety-third overall for the Mena Ladycats in the 4A Girls 5,000 meter run, and Madison Parnell was the second Ladycat to finish as she came in one-hundred-thirty-third place.
Ashlynn Bissell, Faith Hill, and Kendra Branson of the Acorn Lady Tigers all made the All-State team.
Complete Team Results:
Acorn Tigers: Brady Lyle 23rd, Cross Hughes 32nd, Matthew Chaney 34th, Meleciah Hicks 35th, Chad Sutton 43rd, Adam Hughes 48th, Brady Hair 51st, Jeremiah Swint 65th, and Zack Mayo 88th.
Acorn Lady Tigers: Ashlynn Bissell 6th, Faith Hill 9th, Kendra Branson 13th, Sophie Jackson 39th, Kimberly Strasner 63rd, Josey Webb 70th, Gracie Hill 71st, Mercedes Mowdy 72nd, and Amelia Still 88th.
Cossatot Eagles: Brandon Marrufo 75th, Hector Hernandez 92nd, Christian Alarcon 106th, Dalton McKenzie 122nd, Enrique Loredo 127th, Jordy Roldan 136th, Manuel Esquivel 138th, Koty Martin 143rd, and Justin Frachiseur 155th.
Mena Bearcats: Logan Meyers 32nd, Robert McIntyre 50th, Matthew McCravens 57th, Thaddeus Nance 68th, Logan Fairless 111th, Bryce Fairless 171st, Alessio Stumpf 187th, and Joseph Ducute 198th.
Mena Ladycats: Moe Nakanishi 93rd, Madison Parnell 133rd, Hannah McDonald 147th, and Fie Sukpitak 151st.