Macejewski, Garcia earn Runner-up honors at state meets

HOT SPRINGS – Montgomery County was well represented in the state cross country meets held at Oaklawn Racetrack in Hot Springs with Peyton Macejewski and Miriam Garcia earning Runners-up finishes in their respective state meets.

Peyton Macejewski crosses the finish line in second place in the 1A State 5K meet. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Peyton Macejewski, a sophomore competing for Mount Ida had a great race finishing runner up in the 5K race with a time of 22:10.49 behind Aubrey Henderson of Kingston who won the 1A state meet with a time of 21:24.72.
Peyton entered the 1A state meet among the Top 5 qualifiers according to rankings. She ran in third through most of the first lap before taking second place which she held for over half the race.
Oden’s Miriam Garcia competed in the 2A state meet as a part of the Acorn team and finished runner up in the 5K race with a time of 20:29.22 behind Kate Provence of Cedar Ridge who won the meet with a time of 20:15.02
Miriam was among the Top Five from the start and briefly held the lead before falling back into second place.

Miriam Garcie finished second place in the 2A State 5K meet. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway
Justice Neufield of Acorn wins the 2A boys 5K state meet. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Other Acorn competitors include Bella Tedder (13th, 22:37.98), and Sophie Strasner (43rd, 26:04.15).
Katelynn Foster was the lone Caddo Hills Lady Indian to compete. The 9th grader finished in 48th place with a time of 26:56.10.
Acorn’s boys won the 2A state championship with senior Justice Neufield dominating the course with a time of 16:48.95. He led the race from start to finish and put up the third fastest winning times and was among the 16 fastest times overall.
Acorn won the meet with 43 points. Other Acorn runners include: Isaac Tedder (8th, 18:04.12), Caden Tarkinton (10th, 18:29.24), Damian Bohlman (13th, 18:56.10), Jacob Lyle (14th, 19:01.14), Sky Carmack (31st, 20:10.80), Noah Holland (44th, 21:07.22), Reed McGee (49th, 21:15.42), Riley Weddle (78th, 23:20.47).
Christian Hernandez was the fastest Caddo Hills Indian in the 2A 5K meet. He finished in 20th place with a time of 19:30.11.

The Caddo Hills boys team leaves the starting line in the 2A boys meet. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Caddo Hills finished in 6th place in the team standings with 160 points.
Other Caddo Hills runners include: Tony Ruiz (34th, 20:25.55), Bersain Cruz (36th, 20:28.15), Daniel Cruz (43rd, 21:04.85), Lane Naney (53rd, 21:45.95), Juan Velazquez (58th, 22:01.74), David Castillo (63rd, 22:07.59), Bender Meeks (68th, 22:33.23), Jerry Friend (83rd, 23:47.30)

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