Over 270 runners participated at the Mena-Acorn Lions Club Cross Country Meet on Oct. 9 at the Lions Club Disc Golf Course. It was an outstanding event that not only included competition of teams, but great individual efforts were made and personal victories were achieved.
The spectators cheered all runners enthusiastically providing a great example of how positive and successful an event can be when all involved work for the benefit of the Polk County School District’s student athletes.
Coach Willsey said, “Coach Peters and I really can not emphasize enough how much time, effort was put in by Mr. Morris Boydstun and Mr. Jerod McCormick. They really stepped up and made this thing go well. They spent weekends and afternoons making the Lions Club course and spectator area looking awesome. And with the support of the rest of the UARM staff and sponsors to make it a great event. We are looking forward to future meets. ”
The meet was made possible by a collaborative effort by the Cross Country Teams of Mena-Acorn and the Bucks of UA Rich Mountain. The UA at Rich Mountain XC Team’s partnership helped to make the meet a reality and they also provided the coach packets.
The meet was enhanced by the generous support of several in the community. The Crossing Church provided sound equipment and the PA system and Phillip Hensley and Union Bank sponsored the timing system by MacDonald Timing.
A special thanks goes to Mena T’s for providing all of the medals and plaques and Coach Jones from Nashville.
The meet started under a cloudy but muggy afternoon with the Jr. Girls 1.6 mile distance. The race was lead by the front running of Mena’s Alex Harper, closely followed by her teammates Kiera Hall, and Jancy Harris. Alex powered her way to an impressive win in the time of 10:35.3. There was also an interesting race within the race for the team title, in that the 4-A Schools were also running for Jr. Conference Titles, along with the Lions Club Meet.
Mena and DeQueen were neck and neck however, DeQueen was able to win the Lions Club Title. Mena placed second and Acorn came in fourth with Cossatot River placing seventh. In the 4-A Conference De Queen came out on top with Mena placing as runner up.
In the Jr. Boys division, DeQueen edged out Mena yet again for the the Lions Club Championship with Acorn placing fifth. De Queen was champion in the 4-A conference with Mena placing Runner up.
SR. GIRLS and SR. BOYS:
Weather conditions caused the Sr. Boys and Sr. Girls 5i to run in combined formation with results divided by the timing system.
As the temperature dropped and the rain fell the race became even more competitive and interesting.
One of the great things about the Lions course is that it is very fan friendly. It allows the fans to be close to the runners and give their encouragement for the competitors.
The top runners of Acorn, Mena and DeQueen were all fighting out for the top individual win, with the three teams dominating the front running. Sr. Hector Hernandez of De Queen edged out Acorn’s Justice Neufeld and Mena’s Robert MacIntyre and Logan Myers to be Over All Champion.
Neufeld came in third overall with Myers placing fourth and MacIntyre placing fifth.
De Queen won the team title with Acorn edging out Mena for Runner up. Cossatot River placed sixth.
A battle was waged over the hilly 5k course by Acorn’s Ashlynn Bissell and DeQueen’s top runner Heidy Galvan. Galvan edged Bissell out for the top position.
De Queen was champion of the Team Title and the Waldron Lady Bulldogs were runner-up.The Team Title DeQueen was champion and Waldron Lady Bulldogs runner-up.