ARKADELPHIA —In their second outing of the season, the De Queen cross country runners traveled to Arkadelphia Sept. 11 to compete in what may be the oldest continually contested meet in the state: OBU’s Bob Gravette Invitational, which is now in its fourth decade. Once the unofficial opening meet of the season, it still attracts hundreds of runners.

In all divisions the only teams finishing higher than the Leopards were in class 6A.

Senior Boys

De Queen’s senior boys with 99 points were fourth behind Lake Hamilton, Lakeside and Benton.

Johnny Sanchez took ninth overall with a  time of 16:43.9 over the 5K course.

Gustavo Garcia ran 17:26.5 for 19th with Carlos Aguilar clocking 17:33.6 for 21st.

Juan Maldonado got under 18 minutes, taking 25th place with his 17:58.5. Juan Balderas ran 19:14.0 for 36th. Cesar Cortes was 42nd in 19:34.5. Manuel Soto ran 19:54.8 for 45th.

Jonathan Ortiz was 53rd in 20:04.0, Jorge Delgado 61st in 20:27.55, Jordan Daley 89th in 21:55.0, Grayson Miller 94th in 22:27.1 and 

Saul Felipe 113th in 24:09.4.

Senior Girls

The Lady Leopards had 130 points and were also fourth behind the same teams as the boys.

Jacklyn Sanchez was the first to finish, placing 30th with a time of 23:51.3. Marlen Perez ran 24:15.8 for 34th. Adriana Montiel was 38th with 24:33.8

Litzy Hernandez timed 25:02.1 for 42nd with Jamielete Flores 43rd in 25:15.8. Wendy Martinez placed 45th in 25:36.3 with Laura Figueroa a place and .2 seconds behind.

Wendy Victoriano clocked 15:53.4 for 48th.

Emily Garcia was 52nd in 26:13.6, Alexa Monroy 56th in 26:55.6 and Abigail Barker 61st in 27:54.1.

Joselin Sanchez was 71st in 30:01.5, Yazmin Castro 73rd in 31:00.1, Martha Jaramillo 76th in 31:19.3 and Leslie Garcia 80th in 25:40.0.

Junior Boys

The junior boys had the best finish for De Queen with a third place with 81 points behind Benton with 68 and Lake Hamilton 79.

De Queen was sparked by a one, two finish. 

Randy Rodriquez finished the 2.8K course in 9:03.0. Rodrigo Garcia timed 9:22.9 for second.

Jackeys Munoz was 17th with 10:22.3. Adrian Martinez was 27th in 10:32.9.

Edgar Villamil ran 11:20.6 for 46th and Larry Labra 11:24.3 for 49th.

Clint Tunnel finished 55th in 11:29.6, Caden Lindly 63rd in 11:45.9 and Daniel Perez 77th in 12:08.4.

Jose Rojas ran 12:09.2 for 80th, Christopher Salgado 12:34.3 for 93rd, Nathan Jacobo 12:50.5 for 99th and Rusty Bermeo 13:17.4 for 108th.

Junior girls

De Queens junior girls were fourth with 124 points behind Lake Hamilton, Barton Junior High of El Dorado and Lakeside.


Jaden Valdez covered the course in 11:37.7 to take sixth place. Alyssa Neal was 12th in a time of 12:16.5.

Megan Buendia with 12:56.4 finished 31st. 

Haile Hernandez was 60th in 13:59.2, Haylee Mendoza 70th in 14:21.6, Geraldine Rafael 90th in 15:17.3 and Marlene Tellez 99th in 15:57.2.

Jocelyn Luna ran 16:47.1 for 112th, Jennifer Fraire 17:14.1 for 119th and Kyanna Angeles 17:15.6 for 120th. 

Mareli Melendez was 125th in 17:39.6, Monica Macias 129th in 18:31.3 and Emmi Hales 130th in 18:40.6.






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