Lake Hamilton boys edge defending champions at 5A State Cross Country meet

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Horses race at Oaklawn Park. Did you know the Arkansas State Cross Country meet is also held there? Lake Hamilton's boys took home the 5A state championship Friday.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Lake Hamilton’s boys unseated defending champion Mountain Home Friday at the 5A State Cross Country Championships held at Oaklawn Park.

The Wolves edged out Mountain Home by two points, 52-50. Scoring is determined by the position of the top five runners from each school.

Mountain Home’s Whit Lawrence repeated as the individual champion in 16:19.84. Three Wolves were close behind with junior Zeke McCain third (16:30.45), junior Evan Armitage fifth (16:38.75), and sophomore Nathan Miller sixth (16:46.04).

Junior Ethan Smith (17:02.00) and senior William Swecker (17:33.91) completed Lake Hamilton’s top five. Junior Nathan Welch and sophomores Coby Qualls and Nathan Taylor also participated for the Wolves.

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Rams fifth at state cross country meet

Siloam Springs was third in the team competition, with Vilonia fourth and Hot Springs Lakeside fifth.

Freshman Joseph Bariole finished seventh for the Rams in 16:51.87. Caleb Wrublesky, Hunter Dorathy, Brayden James and Barrett James completed Lakeside’s top five

There were 191 boys in the race.

Mountain Home’s girls ran away from the field in their division with 69 points. Greenwood was a distant second at 108. Lake Hamilton placed sixth with 171, and Lakeside was 12th at 300. There were 23 schools entered in the girls’ cross country state meet.

Sophomore, freshman pace Lady Wolves

Sophomore Olivia Pielemeier led Lake Hamilton’s parade with a third place in 19:45.40. Freshman Avery Hunt was 33rd in 22.32.61. Blair Turpen, Maylin Reyes and Olivia Caraway all contributed.

Lakeside’s team included Whitley Terry, who was sixth in 20:13.68. Natalie Jennings was 15th in the 171-girls field. Emma Belic, Zoie Helton and Annelise McAlister also scored for the Lady Rams.