Area schools competed in the Bob Gravett Invitational cross country meet on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University Saturday as Lake Hamilton and Lakeside stood out as top finishers in both high school and junior high events.
Lake Hamilton swept the top three places in the high school boys 5K. Seniors Evan Armitage (15:53.70) and Zeke McCain (16:03.50) finished first and second respectively while junior Nathan Miller (16:15.00) rounded out the top three.
Lakeside's top runners in the event finished fifth, sixth and seventh with senior Dylan Dew (16:22.90), senior Hunter Dorathy (16:23.00) and sophomore Joseph Bariola (16:31.00).
The Wolves won the competition commandingly as a team finishing with a score of 25, while Lakeside finished second with 43 points. Bismarck (229) finished eighth followed by Arkadelphia (229) in ninth while Jessieville (237) came in 10th.
Bismarck was led by senior Christian Leon (19:09.00), who finished 33rd overall, junior Nathanael Campbell (19:26.50) led the Badgers with a 40th place finish, and Jessieville seniors Lawson Wideman (17:19.10) and Noah Zetts (17:28.00) were 17th and 20th overall to lead the Lions.
Hot Springs and Centerpoint both had runners at the meet but did not have enough runners to compete as a team. The Trojans were led by senior Andreas Bradley (17:43.80) in 23rd, and senior Luis Morales (19:55.50) led the Knights with a 46th place finish.
In the girls 5K, Lake Hamilton junior Olivia Pielemeier dusted the competition finishing with a time of 18:42.20, almost a minute faster than second place finisher Jessieville junior Juliah Rodgers (19:40.80).
Lakeside freshman Maya Hubbard (20:18.80) registered a fourth-place finish while Arkadelphia junior Emelia Eriksson (20:39.20) finished in fifth. The Wolves were on the board again with junior Blair Turpen (20:51.20) in sixth place.
Despite Pielemeier's big individual win, the Lady Rams actually took first place in the event as a team. Both Lakeside and Lake Hamilton finished with 37 points, but Lakeside's sixth best runner finished ahead of Lake Hamilton's sixth best runner for the tie breaker.
Arkadelphia (138) finished fifth. Hot Springs had just one runner in the girls 5K with junior Layla Lammers (22:30.10) finishing 19th overall. Bismarck was led by junior Kelssi Davis (28:20.10) for 64th while teammates Hannah Hieter (29:14.70) and Norah Kopkau (30:05.90) were 68th and 72nd.
Benton won the junior boys 2,800-meter race with 68 points while Lake Hamilton (79) finished second, DeQueen (81) third, Lakeside (94) fourth, Hot Springs (185) seventh and Centerpoint (189) eighth.
DeQueen freshmen Randy Rodriguez (9:03.00) and Rodrigo Garcia (9:22.90) took the top two spots while Hot Springs freshman Ethan Hale (9:44.90) led Garland County schools with a seventh-place finish.
A pair of Lakeside eighth graders, Richard Lance (9:51.00) and Griffin Harper (9:58.30) finished ninth and 10th respectively while Lake Hamilton got on the board with freshman Chay Menzies (10:06.90) in 13th.
Bismarck was led by freshman Joseph Porter (10:09.90) in 14th, freshman Nate Smith (10:28.60) was 21st to lead Centerpoint and eighth-grader Tristan Rodgers (11:27.50) was 52nd as Jessieville's only junior boy competitor.
Lake Hamilton's junior high girls swept the top three places in the 2,800 meter run as the Wolves dominated as a team finishing with 18 points. Freshman Audrey Herrell (10.25.30), eighth-grader Rylee Burns (10:30.30) and freshman Lani Innman (11:30.40) finished in the top three spots while Lakeside freshman Brendal Brunet (11:31.70) finished fourth.
Lakeside (94) finished third while Bismarck (131) came in sixth.
The Wolves earned two more top 10 finishers with freshman Za'niya Knotts (11:35.80) in fifth and seventh grader Halli Baber (11:45.90) in eighth. Jessieville also had a top 10 finish with freshman Kennedi Scrivner (11:44.50) in seventh.
Bismarck was led by eighth-grader Avari Golden (12:22.80) in 16th, and eighth-grader Mia Reyes (15:34.40) was 93rd to lead Centerpoint.