On Sept. 7, the Central Baptist College cross country team competed in their first race of the season, at the University of Central Arkansas Cross Country Invitational.
Despite the hot temperature at Beaverfork park, the teams ran with passion. During the race, not only did CBC cheer on their teammates, they also cheered for the other teams that were competing.
Head coach Cezar Terlea is anticipating seventh or eighth place for the men at conference later this fall.
“We did good considering it was the first meet,” said Terlea. “The guys team did a great job pushing themselves.”
Sophomore Courtney Rife was the first to cross the 4K finish line with a time of 25:31.8 for the Lady Mustangs.
“Getting to hang out with my teammates was the best part of the meet,” said Rife. “I also loved all the support of the people on the sideline and my teammates that cheered me on during the race. This was a great opportunity to see where I am and gave me motivation to push myself to do better.”
Sophomore Cade Griffith led the men’s team with a time of 23:30.8, putting him individually at sixty-eighth place for the meet.
“I’d like to win every race on the inside,” said Griffith. “I [want to] push through the pain, defeat my desire to slow down and to run as hard as I can [at] every race.”
Sophomore Keegan Conway finished right behind him with a time of 23:38.5.
“I am looking forward to all of the trips that I get to take with the team,” said Conway. “The best part of cross country is the adrenaline and running the race.”
Sophomore Shannon Zamora ran a time of 26:54.9.
“The first meet went great and it shows what we need to improve on so we can move up in conference,” said Zamora. “I love getting to run the races with my friend Jarred Quattlebaum.”
Finishing times for the Mustangs included senior Dalton Parker, 29:05; freshman Bryan Pendergraft, 30:49; sophomore Jarred Quattlebaum, 30:56.5; and senior Elliot Bender, 33:05.7.
The next race for the cross country team is on Oct. 11 at Southern Arkansas University.
Photo by Melody Siebenmann