The Heber Springs cross country teams traveled to the campus of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville this past Thursday afternoon to participate in the 4A-4 Conference meet, as the Lady Panthers and Panthers pulled the broom out on the senior high competitions.

In the first race of the day, Dover's junior girls took home the team title after besting Clarksville 28-59, turning in four of the top six finishers. Heber Springs, who finished in fifth with 95 points, got two top-ten finishes in Preslie Petray (15:02.2, ninth) and Rylee Birmingham (15:02.9, tenth). Samantha Gilley (18:01.6, eighteenth) and Katherine Rojas (17:05.6, twenty-fifth) also competed for the Jr. Lady Panthers. Race winner Chloe Weathers of Clarksville took the checkered flag with a time of 13:29.6.

In the junior boys event, it was Pottsville edging out Dardanelle 57-64, with the Jr. Panthers taking fifth place with a 106. Nathan Poff carried the torch with a fourth place finish at 12:28.1 for Heber, while Mason Harris followed behind in tenth with a 13:01.1, and Aaron Combs found twenty-third (13:55.1). Skylar Wrinkle of Dardanelle was the winner of the gold medal, crossing the finish line at 12:10.2.

Switching gears to senior high, the defending Class 4A state champion Lady Panthers cruised to the team championship after registering all of their top-five runners in the top ten, as Taylor Hammons led the way from third place (21:46.2, third), getting help from Maygan Jarvis (22:56.5 seventh), Vallie Cantrell (23:00.3, eighth), Sydney Buffalo (23:05.6, ninth) and Ellie Riddle (23:17.7, tenth). Allison Wildman (27:51.5, twenty-third), Meleah Roy (27:57.3, twenty-fourth) and Katia Rubio (28:43.6, twenty-sixth) closed out for Heber. Clarksville's Chloe Weathers turned it up a notch and doubled up on gold medals after already winning the junior girls event, striking gold at 20:40.4.

In the final contest, the defending Class 4A state runner-up Panthers ran past Subiaco Academy 31-58, getting five athletes in the top thirteen. Reigning individual state champion Parker Ables got the victory with a time of 16:30.2, as Trenton Barnes followed right behind in second at 18:04.9. Chancey Ivener seized seventh (18:54.0), with Gabe Tate (19:23.0, eleventh) and Zac Stone (19:28.4, thirteenth) adding to the squad's cause.

Up next for the Lady Panthers and Panthers is this Friday's Class 4A State Cross Country Meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The boys race will kickoff at 2:00 pm, with the girls race following at 2:30 pm.