Heber Springs senior Brock Ballard placed runner-up with a time of 16:39.86 at Saturday's Cyclone Invitational in Russellville, leading the 4A defending state champion Panthers to fourth place overall and first among 1-4A teams.
Heber Springs senior Brock Ballard placed runner-up with a time of 16:39.86 at Saturday's Cyclone Invitational in Russellville, leading the 4A defending state champion Panthers to fourth place overall and first among 1-4A teams. Ali Jones placed second in the junior girls' 2-mile race with a time of 13:40 as the Junior Lady Panthers took second overall and first in their division. Seniors Madi Fires (4th, 21:18.59) and Mary Simmons (6th, 21:32.24) paced the defending state champion Lady Panthers, who finished fourth as a team and tops among teams competing in the 1-4A division. Jesse Applewhite led the Junior Panthers to third place as a team and first in their division with a time of 12:07.51, which was good for ninth place individually, while seventh-grader Parker Ables (20th, 12:39. 46) continues to hang with the older runners. Class 7A Bryant won the junior boys 2-mile race. In the senior boys' 5K, Malachi Cannon (15th, 17:28.66), Brandon George (29th, 18:17.32) and Jonathan Ogle (38th, 18:52.73) teamed with Ballard to lead the Panthers to the top spot in their division with an average time of 18:09.13 ¬ ahead of 4A Maumelle, which finished fifth overall with an average time of 18:32.10. Class 7A Little Rock Catholic won the overall race with an average time of 17:06.93, ahead of second-place Russellville (6A) and third-place Bryant (7A). Hannah Mangum (44th, 24:50.96) and Adrianna Simmons (45th, 24:55.40) combined with Fires and Simmons to lead the Lady Panthers to an average time of 23:28.11. Bryant (7A) ran away with the senior girls' overall title with an average time of 21:11.83. Serena Pruitt (6th, 14:01.53), Ashley Patchell (13th, 14:33.76) and Daisy Owens (28th, 15:10.10) teamed with Jones to lead the Junior Lady Panthers to first in their division and second overall, behind only 6A Russellville. Heber travels to the renowned Chile Pepper race in Fayetteville on Saturday.