Bentonville Picks Up Another Big Win In Texas; The Arkansas Boys Program Wins Lucas Lovejoy XC Festival
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That was difference between Bentonville's first and fifth runners on Saturday at the Lucas Lovejoy XC Festival.
Cross country spreads aren't all made equal. You can have a tight spread and a mediocre average. You can have a wide spread and a fast overall performance.
But when you have a microscopic compression and a blitzing team average, there's potential in the air.
And that's exactly how the Bentonville boys positioned themselves on Saturday, scoring 71 points on a 15:23 average through a 23-second spread. We'll see how the averages shake out by the end of the weekend, but as it stands, that might be the No. 2 team time in the country after this weekend.
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Bentonville High School 71 8+9+12+13+29 (43+47) 0:23 1-5 Split | 15:23 Avg 2 Lucas Lovejoy 141 16+18+27+38+42 (49+59) 0:34 1-5 Split | 15:44 Avg 3 Round Rock 152 14+22+26+44+46 (76+99) 0:41 1-5 Split | 15:45 Avg 4 Katy Tompkins 153 15+19+35+39+45 (51+71) 0:39 1-5 Split | 15:48 Avg 5 Northwest Nelson 202 6+20+53+60+63 (94+113) 1:05 1-5 Split | 15:54 Avg
And for a team that is hinging its hopes on a national run, Bentonville's performance spoke volumes. James American Horse and Owen Kelley went 9-10 for the squad, while all five of its scorers were inside the top 30 places.
Denton Braswell's Aleksandr Acuna continued to shine, winning the boys race in 14:50.60. Only Andruw Villa, who followed him in 14:58, were under 15 minutes on the day.
Braswell wasn't done.
In fact, the program swept both races. Macy Wingard, a fast-rising talent across the U.S. and a high school sophomore, won the girls field in 17:02.10. The win marked her second straight after an impressive debut of 17:21.30 at Marcus T. Her performance was also the third-fastest 5K of the weekend.
Lucas Lovejoy, ranked No. 16 in the country to begin the season, won the team title with a 17:59 average on a 52-second spread.
ELITE GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Macy Wingard 10 Denton Braswell 17:02.10 1 2 Haley Loewe 12 Bentonville High School 17:23.70 2 3 Sara Morefield 12 Lucas Lovejoy 17:30.00 3 4 Camryn Benson 10 Lucas Lovejoy 17:31.50 4 5 Rowan Saacke 10 Katy Tompkins 17:39.00 5 6 Sydni Wilkins 12 Frisco Liberty 18:10.00 6 7 Kailey Littlefield 12 Lucas Lovejoy 18:13.50 7 8 Harper Counts 10 Austin Brentwood Christian Academy 18:15.00 0 9 MJ Novelli 11 Northwest Nelson 18:16.50 8 10 Mia McGlade 12 Allen 18:20.00 9
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