5A West Conference XC Meet

The Vilonia Lady Eagles and Eagles Cross Country teams ran great at the 5A West Conference Meet on Thursday. It was a cold, wet day to finish the season for most of the Vilonia Cross Country athletes. Except for nine high school Eagles and nine high school Lady Eagles who will compete at the state championship meet next Friday, the season is now over. Coaches John Steward, Jana Sisson, and John Allison want to thank all the athletes, parents, and other supporters who helped make this an amazing year.

The Lady Eagles high school team finished second behind last year's 6A state champion, but only two points behind. The Eagles high school team finished third behind Russellville and Siloam Springs, but only nine points behind the Cyclones, who finished first. The junior Eagles finished third even though the two strongest ninth graders moved up to the high school team. The junior Lady Eagles finished third without their ninth graders, who also moved up to run the high school race.

Bryn Westby (11) was the first to cross the finish line in the high school girls race, finishing as the individual conference champion with a time of 20:01. She was followed in by Shelby Duncan (10), Lauren Millikin (11), Emma Buck (10), and Evy McKissack (10) to complete scoring for the Lady Eagles. Laci McKay (11) and Katelyn Ohlde (10) came in next as displacers. Duncan's 20:49 finish time was a new personal record. Westby, Duncan, and Millikin were awarded medals for finishing in the top ten. The Lady Eagles scorers' average finish time was 21:14. The ladies have another shot at the Panthers next week at the state meet in Hot Springs. Westby, Duncan, Millikin, and Buck earned All-Conference honors.

The Eagles were led by JD Otts (12) who finished fourth overall with a time of 17:30. Harrison Janski (10) came in next at 18:07, followed by Daniel Massa (12), Gabe Goodwin (10), and Brayden Matyja (10). The five scorers were followed in by displacers Cade Wagner (9) and Jeremiah Lowrance (12). Otts and Janski finished in the top ten to earn individual medals. The Eagles scorers averaged an 18:16 finish time. Janski's 18:07 and Matyja's 18:44 finishes were new personal records. Otts, Janski, Massa, and Goodwin all earned All-Conference honors at the meet.

The junior Eagles finished third in their race also, with only one point separating them and runner up, Russellville. The Eagles were led by Jones White (8), who was followed by Cade Smithhart (8), Keller Willhite (9), Caleb Hogue (7), and Logan Kelley (7). Mason Westby (9) and Harrison Lock (7) finished next as displacers for the team. White earned an individual medal for his seventh place overall finish. Hogue, Kelley, and Lock all finished with new personal records, as did their teammates Ethan Crawley (9), Landon Mannion (7), Mason Enis (7), Clint Slicer (7), and Jake Ledbetter (7). White, Smithhart, and Willhite earned All-Conference honors.

Kaci Buck's (8) second place overall finish led the junior Lady Eagles, followed by Carly Eary (8), Payton Hawkins (7), Baelin Shannon (8), and Jaslynn McReynolds (7) to complete scoring. Emily Larocca (8) and Samantha Duff (8) finished next to serve as displacers. Buck's finished earned her a top ten medal. Hawkins, Shannon, McReynolds, Larocca, and Duff all set new personal records. Buck and Eary earned All-Conference honors.

The 2018 season is over for seventh and eighth graders, but eighteen will now advance to the state championship meet next week. Bryn Westby, Lauren Millikin, Shelby Duncan, Emma Buck, Katelyn Ohlde, Evy McKissack, Laci McKay, Harlee Heath (10), and Brooklyn Knight (10) will represent the Lady Eagles at the state meet. Otts, Janski, Goodwin, Massa, Wagner, Matyja, Lowrance, Jones, and Gage Helton (12) will represent the Eagles at state. The Eagles run Friday at 9:00 and the Lady Eagles at 9:30 at Oaklawn Park in a bid for the state title.

Evan BeaversVHS, FA, VMS