Thank You, Veterans!
The Nominees Are ...
It's time to honor our best! Click for our official ballot of 2014 White River Roadrunners award nominees. Follow the directions on the ballot to vote by 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. These folks have set a fine example for our club and our community, so let's all salute the best of the best.
Moving The Meeting
Our November meeting will be at the Landers Fellowship Bible Church office, one block from the Landers, next Tuesday, Nov. 18, as the Citizens Bank Annex will be unavailable. Thoughts should be turning to 2015 President Suzy Oakley's fellow officers. Rita Cooke is our secretary and Rebecca Patterson is our treasurer, and those officers typically continue if they are willing, but we will be looking for a president-elect. We will want to nominate, discuss and approve 2015 officers at the November/December meetings. We also need a few more members for our Challenge Series committee to select races and nail down rules on handling commitment to the series, schedule changes, schedule conflicts, and other such complications. We would like at least five members who want to take a role in that process and further their involvement in the club. It's also time for Christmas planning, and we need four or five members willing to serve there as well. We have the Landers ballroom reserved for Tuesday, Dec. 16, and the Cooke farm cabin at Highrock is also available for a mid-December Saturday if we would prefer to have a trail run before dinner and our meeting. Committee discussion and suggestions to be presented for membership vote at next meeting, please.
Running for Jacob Wells
Members of our club honored the memory of Jacob Wells as we gathered Sunday, Nov. 9, to run our Grand Prix courses. A group of 18 logged nearly 150 miles on a route connecting our 4-Mile Classic and Sara Low 5K courses. We also collected $150 for the High Fives for Jacob fund drive to help his loved ones with expenses. Jacob shared the joy of running with everyone he met — and he made it a point to meet everyone he could at every event. May we all continue to share that same joy as we pile on the miles.
Area high schoolers closed out their season in style Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Arkansas cross country championships at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Batesville junior Tristen Driver finished sixth and All-State in 5A in a PR of 17:12, good for 43rd overall in the state. Freshman Jake Ward finished 16th in 5A, just missing All-State by 7 seconds. He also ran a PR of 17:43, which made him the second fastest ninth grader overall, with only the 3A winner, Noah Eskew of Jessieville, running faster. Junior Cherysh Rone of Southside also made All-State in 4A, finishing eighth in 21:12.8. Melbourne senior Tyler Webb, two-time defending 3A champion, claimed All-State status again this year, finishing third in 17:53. He has signed to run for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015. The Melbourne boys team finished fourth and girls eighth in 3A; Batesville's boys finished seventh in 5A. We have information pages for the Batesville Pioneers and the first-year program of the Cave City Cavemen, with results, schedules and photos.
Tales Of The Trails
The Highrock Hop 5- and 10- Mile Trail Races started the morning right Nov. 1, followed by the rescheduled and renamed Duck N Hide 5K in Newport that evening. Kendall Townsley won the 5-Mile Hop and Matt Walker took the 10, with Crystal Cossey and Dawn Horn claiming the women's titles. Dawson McMahan and Ashley Beller led the way at the Duck N Hide. Ashley finished third in the women's 5-Mile in the morning, one of several Roadrunners to take the double dip. We'll close our 2014 series with the Christmas Half on Dec. 6. Challenge Series standings are updated.
Join the Club
Not a member? Have a running buddy or wannabe who's not yet a member? Spread the word and click one of the registration links above left to join the fun as we continue to promote running and fitness throughout our community! Register online or mail membership and other printable forms to: White River Roadrunners, 80 Reed St., Batesville, AR 72501. We have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, so join today and pick up a tech shirt to run in the best Roadrunner style!
2014 OFFICERS: Bruce Oakley, President; Suzy Oakley, President-elect; Rita Cooke, Secretary; and Rebecca Patterson, Treasurer.
|2013: Dwayne Dickey||2012: Davy Insell||2011: Jennifer Liles-Dorris||2010: Andy Buschmann|
|2009: Robert Barber||2008: Joe Pool||2007: Sandy Pool||2006: Ken McSpadden|
|2005: Rita Cooke||2004: Kay Hermansen-Pool||2003: Ken McSpadden||2002: Sam Cooke|
|2001: Joe Pool|