On Tuesday, September 10, the Waldron Bulldogs knocked out their second cross country meet of the season. Despite it being hot enough to melt iron, the Sr High and Jr High squads brought their own heat at the UA-Rich Mountain Invitational held in Mena. The Bulldogs competed against other teams from Acorn, Booneville, Cossatot, DeQueen, Heavener, Mansfield, Mena, Mount Ida, Paris, and Valley Springs.
Running faster than a nose in allergy season, the Bulldogs were hard to catch as both Sr High teams finished runner-up in their divisions. For the Jr High girls’ team, Maria Grano earned a first-place medal in the 2500 Meter Run with a time of 10:44. Not far behind her was Emily Sears in 11th place with a run of 12:59.
The Sr High girls’ team had three runners medal in the 5000 Meter Run. Ryleigh Anschutz placed third with a time of 23:21. Constance Richmond earned ninth with a time of 24:25. And in 14th was Melissa Schroeder with a run time of 25:08. Medaling for the Sr High boys’ team in the 5000 Meter Run was Baldy Villareal in fourth place with a time of 18:56. Zach Canada in ninth with a time of 20:03. And also with a time of 20:03 Jaylyn Mathews placing 10th.
The Bulldogs will set their shoes on fire again on Saturday, September 21 for a practice run in the Emmitt Barnett 5K at 8 a.m. in Waldron. Then it’s off to compete in Clarksville for the University of the Ozarks Invitational on September 24 at 4 p.m.