BHS XC 2014 Report

*** Page Updated: 11/12/14 ***
Welcome, friends of Batesville High School and Junior High School running programs. This is the unofficial place for comprehensive information about Pioneer runners. I will post links to official results and schedules where available. 2014 Schedule | 2014 Boys Results | 2014 Girls Results

The results links point to season-to-date times for all runners, with matching times from 2013 for returning runners. Missing 2013 results have been filled in as of 10/7/14. The 2013 Sloan-Hendrix Junior High races were 2.1 miles, but only 1.55 this year.

—BRUCE OAKLEY, Coach Bruce at

Arkansas High School Championships, Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Nov. 8

The senior boys closed out a strong season with their best group run on the big stage at the state championships at Oaklawn. Six of the nine boys ran PRs and a seventh ran his season’s best, adding up to a seventh place finish, three spots better than 2013. Junior Tristen Driver again claimed All-State, finishing sixth in his best ever 17:12 for the 5K. Freshman Jake Ward missed All-State by a few seconds, finishing 16th in a PR of 17:43. He was the second-fastest freshman in the state in all conferences on the day, behind only 3A overall winner Noah Eskew of Jessieville, at 17:03. The first five Pioneers finished faster than last year’s second finisher, and all nine finished faster than last year’s fifth runner. Senior Nofel Naoman closed out his cross country career with a PR of 19:04, and only he and Kevin Canarte graduate. Two juniors, two sophomores, and three freshmen round out the squad.

The girls fielded a full team for the first time all season as seniors Andrea Gaytan, Hannah Shell, and Anna Wehrung ran down the curtain on their Pioneer careers. Junior Cassie Taylor and freshman Lauren Smith made it a fine five. Lauren knocked another half minute off her personal best at 26:34.8.

Click for complete 2014 Arkansas championship results at Branch Sports Tech.

Boys’ 5000m 5A
Place Runner Year Time
6 (6) Tristen Driver 11 17:12.2
16 (16) Jake Ward 09 17:43.0
39 (39) Brock Sturdivant 09 18:52.9
41 (41) Nofel Naoman 12 19:04.6
61 (55) Richard Peugeot 10 19:38.3
70 (62) Hayden Mace 09 20:04.7
80 (71) Kevin Canarte 12 20:40.2
83 (–) Cole McReynolds 11 20:45.1
97 (–) Jacob Smith 10 21:36.4
Team: 7th, 157 pts. Avg Time: 18:30.2. 131 runners.
Girls’ 5000m 5A
57 (51) Andrea Gaytan 12 24:45.6
72 (65) Cassie Taylor 11 25:37.9
84 (73) Lauren Smith 09 26:34.8
85 (74) Hannah Shell 12 26:46.7
113 (88) Anna Wehrung 12 33:39.2
Team: 13th, 351 pts. Avg Time: 27:28.8. 114 runners.

Cabot Jr. High Walmart CC Invitational, Cabot, Saturday, Nov. 1

Seventh-grader Jillian Jones finished second among 145 runners in an excellent time of 12:59.9 at the season-ending junior high showcase, closing fast on eighth-grader Lauren Turner of Cabot. Complete results of the 2-mile race are at

5A-East District Championship (Sr High), Crowley’s Ridge College, Paragould, Tuesday, Oct. 28

Tristen Driver repeated as district champion and the senior boys dominated the 5A-East meet with five runners in the top seven (1,2,5,6,7). Since the third place runner did not have enough Forrest City teammates for a team score, runners after him gained one place for scoring purposes. The Pioneers scored 18 points (1,2,4,5,6) to outdistance Valley View in second with 49. With the rise of freshmen Jake Ward and Brock Sturdivant and improvement of senior Nofel Naoman, Batesville’s first four this year were faster than last year’s second runner, Trey Peugeot. Trey, now a sophomore, was a few seconds off his 2013 pace just behind Nofel this year. The team has strength all the way through the lineup, with seven of the eight Pioneer boys running faster than last year’s fifth. Last year’s team finished a close second to Beebe, which has moved out of district. Senior Kevin Canarte sat out resting an injury. The Lady Pioneers were without junior Cassie Taylor to complete a scoring team. Places and times are listed below (scoring place in parentheses), with unofficial mile-split times and official finish times.

Senior High Boys 5K
1 Tristen Driver 5:24.6 11:19.2 17:40.130
2 Jake Ward 5:27.3 11:55.7 18:46.540
5 (4) Brock Sturdivant 5:41.1 12:37.3 19:39.720
6 (5) Nofel Naoman 5:57.0 12:46.2 19:52.526
7 (6) Trey Peugeot 5:55.2 12:44.9 20:02.500
12 Hayden Mace 6:19.3 13:57.0 21:08.866
16 Jacob Smith 6:33.3 13:58.8 21:57.260
19 Cole McReynolds 6:29.3 14:13.9 22:54.193
Senior High Girls 5K
12 Andrea Gaytan 7:45 16:15 26:06.850
16 Hannah Shell 8:00 16:40 28:04.840
17 Lauren Smith 7:55 16:40 28:09.943
23 Anna Wehrung 9:45 21:00 34:53.146

Valley View Invitational (Jr High), Jonesboro, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Junior High boys took first place at Valley View Cross Country Invitational in Jonesboro. Jillian Jones won the Junior High Girls 2-Mile in 13:13. Sorry, I don’t have the times for the rest of the girls, but I’ll keep checking online.

They all saved their best for the last meet of their season. All of those times are far and away personal bests (the majority of their races are 1.55 miles, so they don’t run 2 very often). Cody, Peyton and Hunter lopped about 3 minutes off their times at that distance from the start of the season. And seventh-grader Jillian would have been racing for a Top 10 finish in the boys race. Despite her youth in her first year of racing, she has a sixth, third, two seconds and now a first in five races. Learning and growing.

Proud of these young Pioneers for a grand finish!

Boys’ 2-Mile
Place Runner Time
6 Ethan Patterson 12:58
8 Corbyn Snell 13:04
16 Cody Tosh 14:11
17 Peyton Fowler 14:12
21 Hunter Barnett 14:31
Team: 1st, 68 pts. Avg Time: 13:47. 56 runners.
Girls’ 2-Mile
1 Jillian Jones 13:13
11 Matilda Patterson 15:33
38 Chelee Brewer 18:43
56 Carissa Barnett 23:10

Lake Hamilton Invitational (Sr High at Oaklawn), Saturday, Oct. 18

The Batesville Pioneers rolled down the road to Hot Springs for the Lake Hamilton Invitational at Oaklawn Park. Tristen Driver led the way for senior boys (click for Lake Hamilton varsity results, with Trey Peugeot and Nofel Naoman running PRs, while ninth graders Jake Ward, Brock Sturdivant and Hayden Mace made strong 5K debuts moving up from junior high for the Lake Hamilton junior varsity race. They will strengthen the senior high team at district (10/28 25) and state (11/8) championships. The senior girls also had a good day. Junior Cassie Taylor, a cheerleader Prancer in her first year running, lopped a minute and a half off her best run, while ninth grader Lauren Smith finished as third scorer in her first varsity 5K. Steady senior Anna Wehrung, a Pioneer Prancer in her first season on the team, also had her fastest time.

Salem Invitational, Tuesday, Oct. 7

The Junior High Boys claimed the team title with five runners in the top 16, led by Jake Ward (8:42) and Brock Sturdivant (8:52) in a 1-2 finish. (Times unofficial, copied from phone picture of handwritten scoreboard sheets.) Ward, who missed the Bearkatz Invitational and the past week of practice due to illness, started comfortably before moving into the lead about half a mile into the 1.55-mile race. Sturdivant worked his way steadily through the top 10 to close in on his freshman classmate at the finish. Fellow ninth-grader Hayden Mace (9:26) finished 7th, with eighth-graders Ethan Patterson (12th, 9:42) and Corbyn Snell (16th, 9:50) contributing strong runs to the team triumph. The Junior Girls took second place, again led by seventh grader Jillian Jones, runner-up for the second week in a row. Jones led most of the way, again just a little too young and inexperienced to hold off an older girl at the wire. Perhaps in a hint of things to come, though, we note that the young Pioneer improved by 30 seconds over her previous race, while the older girl who nipped her at the wire in Melbourne went in the opposite direction, running 30 seconds slower to finish a minute behind Jones this week. It looks like it’s taking everything her rivals have got to match her growing novice strength. Matilda Patterson, Lauren Smith and Chelee Brewer also improved about 30 seconds from Melbourne. Ninth-grader Smith is nearly two minutes better than last year at Salem, when the course was apparently a bit shorter besides. Andrea Gaytan, still recovering from knee trouble, ran 25:19 in Senior Girls while Hannah Shell (26:30) took nearly a minute off her time on the 2013 course. The senior cheerleader edged her junior teammate, and fellow cheerleader Prancer Cassie Taylor (26:31), at the finish. Tristen Driver (17:24) fought hard for 2nd place in Senior Boys behind Mountain Home’s Lane Alexander. Driver, a junior, ran strong on short rest after setting his PR of 17:20 Saturday at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville. Sophomore Trey Peugeot keeps getting better, finishing 17th with his PR of 19:25, taking 20 seconds off his finish in the 2013 state championship. Senior Kevin Canarte also hit a PR at 21:30 as he continues to learn his new sport. Sophomore Jacob Smith (21:41) dropped within 25 seconds of his best time, also at the 2013 state championship.

Melbourne Bearkatz Invitational, Tuesday, Sept. 30

Pioneers were at the front of the pack at the Melbourne Bearkatz Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Tristen Driver won the senior boys race in 17:59.75, beating friendly rival and homestanding senior Bearkat Tyler Webb, second in 18:20. Senior boys finished third behind Greers Ferry West Side and Melbourne. With Pioneer ninth-grader Jake Ward out sick, fellow freshman Brock Sturdivant stepped up to finish second in junior boys at 9:11.84, just behind another friendly rival, Cave City’s eighth-grade standout Kendall Townsley, winner in 9:02.94. Cave City’s Marcus Rudick was third in 9:14.56. With Ethan Patterson, Hayden Mace and Corbyn Snell in the top 15, Batesville’s junior boys finished second by 1 point to Sloan-Hendrix in the team standings, with Melbourne third and Cave City fourth. Seventh-grader Jillian Jones (10:22.31) ran a great race in junior girls, leading coming into the final 150 yards and just being outsprinted by a Concord ninth-grader who won in 10:21. The junior girls finished third behind Quitman and Concord. Andrea Gaytan returned from a week off with an injury to finish 12th, leading the senior girls in 25:52.25. Cassie Taylor and Hannah Shell stuck together and finished 19th and 20th in 28:09.21 and 28:10.72.

Sloan-Hendrix Invitational, Tuesday, Sept. 23

Pioneers were certainly blazing trails Tuesday (9/23/14) at Old Davidsonville State Park! Junior Tristen Driver won the Senior Boys race in his personal best time of 17:25, and freshman Jake Ward won the Junior Boys race in 9:01, which was matching pace for Tristen’s junior high course record of 12:11 on the longer old course. Seventh grader Jillian Jones took third in the Junior Girls race in 11:45. Junior Boys finished second in team standings, while Senior Boys took fourth. Senior Nofel Naoman also ran his personal best, at 19:22, and several others came close. Very encouraging for midseason.

Screen shots of results (you should be able to zoom to a legible size, and I will update with a link to the official results page when available):

Official results from the host Sloan-Hendrix High School Web site:

Junior Boys | Junior Girls | Senior Boys | Senior Girls | Team Results