VILONIA — Vilonia cross country teams completed a succressful season with the boys finishing second in the state 5A meet and the girls third at Oaklawn Park at Hot Springs.
Junior Zach Rail set a state 5A record, winning in 16:14.9. Freshman Jason Rail finished second for the Eagles and sixth overall in 17:18.6. Sophomore Hunter Otts and senior Cody Moore both finished the race under 18 minutes. Senior Dylan Mikeal rounded out scoring for the team with a finish time of 18:24.9, followed closely by senior Levi Otts, who finished in 18:28.2. Sophomore Bryan Sampson was the seventh Eagle to cross the line, followed by sophomores teammates Jed Myers and Kyle Luck.
Sophomore Averi Ratliff led the girls by finishing ninth overall in 21:27.4, followed closely by senior Stephanie King in 21:54.3. Junior Malynn McKay finished in in 23:06.4. She was followed by seniors Addy Swaim and Macy Burrough,s who also scored for the team and finished in 23:11.2 and 23:23.0, respectively. Sophomore Bayley Trautman finished in 26:28.1, followed by senior Allison Lyra in 26:56.5. Senior Bailey Allen (27:16.0) and junior Ann Marie Arnett (29:28.4) then crossed the line to bring the season to an end.
"I am so proud of all our kids. From early morning practices, giving up their summers, and running their meets on Saturdays, to keeping their grades up in school, these student-athletes are the most hardworking and dedicated kids I have ever met, said coach Brooke Rexroat.
Assistant coach Jana Sisson added, "It is a privilege to work with such an incredible group of young people. From seventh-graders to seniors, this is a group of self disciplined athletes. They sharpen me everyday. This is a sport where each of them participate and contribute. Lots of hard work went into their success. Their workouts were over before most students’ alarm clocks went off every day. They are special, like one big family."