Manila hosts second annual Thrilla in Manila XC Meet
Big Lake Country Club in Manila hosted the second annual Thrilla in Manila XC Meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with over 200 junior and senior high runners from 11 schools.
Runners came from Manila, Hoxie, West Memphis, Valley View, Greene County Tech, Crowley's Ridge Academy, Marion, Westside, Gosnell, Harrisburg and Riverside.
The event started last year and was dedicated to Tim Bassing, former Manila cross country coach who was instrumental in getting cross country started in Manila in 2010. Mr. Bassing and his wife Cheryl, both retired teachers, were on hand for the event, along with many, many volunteers.
“It takes a lot of work and it would not be possible without our volunteers and sponsors,” Jeremy Jackson said. “We want to thank all of the volunteers, the Big Lake Country Club for allowing us to use the course, coaches and runners.”
The competition started at 4 p.m. with the junior high boys followed by the girls. The junior high runners run 1.5 miles with the senior high runners 3.1 miles. The course was set around Big Lake Golf Course with the finish line near the club house. Temperatures were high and volunteers were ready with water and congratulations. A mist tent was set up for the runners. Medals were given to the top 15 finishers in each category and medals and tee shirts were given to the top 10.
Manila Coaches Amy Pryor and Mary Smith also expressed their appreciation for the support.
Team plaques for first and second place were presented in each division.
Manila junior high boys won the championship with a score of 41. Runner-up was Valley View with a score of 43. Greene County Tech came in third and Crowley's Ridge Academy came in fourth.
In the junior high girls division Valley View won the championship with a score of 22. Greene County Tech was runner-up with a score of 53. Manila came in third place with a score of 57.
In the senior boys division Marion won the championship with a score of 53. Manila was runner-up with a score of 56. West Memphis came in third with a score of 67 followed by Crowley's Ridge Academy with a 72.
Valley View took the senior girls championship with a score of 24. Marion finished runner-up with a score of 41. Manila was third with a score of 69 and West Memphis fourth with 94.
Overall Top 15:
Junior High Girls:
1. Acey Fahr, GCT 10:24.67.
2. Kendell Minton, Valley View 11:15.13.
3. Hadley Rose Grisham, Valley View 11:43.53.
4. Malena Ayala, Valley View, 12:33.84.
5. Emma Jarrett, Valley View 12:37.11.
6. Layne Phillips, GCT 12:39.28.
7. Emily Pryor, Manila 12:45.56.
8. Josie Hargis, Valley View 12:47.54.
9. Anna Lamkin, Valley View 13:03.12.
10. Aiel Haynes, Manila 13:15.18.
11. Emma Jackson, Manila 13:16.43.
12. Anna Lafereny, Valley View 13:19.19.
13. Kaley Wake, Harrisburg 13:19.47.
14. Lilly Betts, Harrisburg 14:04.74
15. Aaliyah Taylor, West Memphis 14:13.73.
Junior High Boys:
1. Jake Baltimore, Manila 09:12.24.
2. Jake Tillery, Crowley's Ridge Academy 09:29.87.
3. Hayden Oholendt, Valley View 9:31.38.
4. Freddy Thorne, West Memphis 9:37.01.
5. Brit Hawkins, Valley View 9:43.71.
6. Caleb Smith, GCT, 9:57.06.
7. Drew Dogan, Manila 9:58:58.
8. Slade Caldwell, Valley View, 10:11.16.
9. Landon King, Manila 10:12.28.
10. Josh Nelson, GCT 10:16.79.
11. Jacob Baugher, Manila 10:20.62.
12. Eric Fluke, Valley Veiw 10:24.12.
13. Luke Kirk, Manila 10:26.62.
14. Luke Summitt, Crowley's Ridge Academy 10:32.74.
15. Ben Obolendt, Valley View 10:34.75.
Senior High Girls:
1. Sophey Pope, Valley View 23:16.61.
2. Meredith Whited, Marion 23:54.45.
3. Kaylei Gober, Valley View 24:23.53.
4. Sadie McDonald, Manila 24:31.77.
5. Madden Rogers, Valley View, 25:23.54.
6. Emily Weiss, Gosnell 25:33.39.
7. Tiffany Harris, Marion 25:35.42
8. Tracy Tanner, Valley View 25:46.00
9. Macy Manchester, Valley View 25:47.40
10. Madeline Fernandez, Marion 25:59.55.
11. Allyson Edwards, West Memphis 26:15.03.
12. Emma Dabbs, Marion 26:22.70.
13. Samantha Jones, GCT 26:31.35.
14. Anna Beth Baugher, Manila 27:20.58.
15. Grace Rutledge, Marion 27:26.65.
Senior High Boys:
1. Connor Jackson, Manila 18:06.77.
2. Will Layne, Crowley's Ridge Academy, 19:39.93.
3. Kurlee Rucker, West Memphis, 20:06.94.
4. Jacob Austin, Valley View, 20:1.29.
5. Austin Harmon, Manila 20:24.34.
6. Lanarious Freeman, West Memphis 20:58.61.
7. Luke Walz, Westside 21:10.87.
8. Avery Aquino, Valley View 21:15.61.
9. Cruz Hill, GCT 21:27.23.
10. Henry Mulder, Marion 21:37.95.
11. Quincy Robinson, Marion 21:38.17.
12. Matthew Bain, Marion 21:44.81.
13. Trey Crum, GCT 22:08.22.
14. Malik Blackwell, Marion 22:27.32.
15. Carter Walker, Manila 22:29.36.