2018 Arkansas Race Report #1 Sager Creek Trail, Siloam Springs
Arkansas NICA kicked off our 3rd season September 9, 2018 in Siloam Springs on the campus of John Brown University!
We are so thankful and proud to be a part of this Arkansas NICA community. Setup on Saturday was extremely fast and smooth because we had so many volunteers come help! And we heard over and over again how supportive our community is, how everyone cheers for everyone, and how much fun the student-athletes had!
Early-week forecasts predicted large amounts of rain, but the weather ended up being cool with a little mist for the first race – almost ideal conditions except for some slick roots on the trail.
Rogers RAMS riders having fun on their bikes.
Lincoln Junior High team stretches out before the race.
Middle School Boys Wave
Middle School boys have our two largest fields in the league! These groups went off like a stampede when the wave started! Conway Composite and Oklahoma Flyers dominated the 8th grade boys podium, with Austin Traywick on top. Finn Parker, now riding on the new team in his hometown, Hot Springs Thoroughbreds, won the largest category in the League – 7th grade boys. Ryan Drummond topped the podium for the 6th grade, and Tymothy Clark finished second with only one shoe one!
8th Grade Boys
1 2007 AUSTIN TRAYWICK Conway Composite
2 2034 MALACHI JACKSON Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
3 2028 HAYES PRUITT Conway Composite
4 2035 XAVIER HUNTER Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
5 2008 WILL SIEGEL Conway Composite
7th Grade Boys
1 4036 FINN PARKER Hot Springs
2 4028 GRAYSON VERNON Lincoln Junior High School
3 4027 JOSHUA LEAMON Conway Composite
4 4022 ALEX GRAY The New School
5 4033 CAMERON BRANTLEY Haas Hall Academy
6th Grade Boys
1 6021 RYAN DRUMMOND Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
2 6020 TYMOTHY CLARK Rogers All Mountain
3 6018 TEAGUN WELLS Lincoln Junior High School
4 6019 GABE CHAVEZ Poteau Public Schools
5 6028 JAMES MAYFIELD The New School
Conway riders Austin Traywick and Hayes Pruitt lead the 8th grade boys through the infield.
Russellville rider Gino Mascuilli and St. Vincent de Paul rider Jack Brothers, 6th graders, gain energy as they ride through the Pit Zone.
Middle School Girls Wave
Middle School Girls is our fastest growing group! We have about twice as many in each category this year! Carrie Pool, in her second season with NICA, won the 8th grade girls category. Seventh grader Kayleigh Costello and sixth grader Maddie Keller won their first ever Arkansas NICA races!
8th Grade Girls
1 1007 CARRIE POOL Lincoln Junior High School
2 1006 EMMERY BRAY Lincoln Junior High School
3 1008 ELLA WISE Thaden School
4 1009 KATIE CONWAY Haas Hall Academy
5 1000 OLIVIA CARTE Siloam Springs Comp
7th Grade Girls
1 3010 KAYLEIGH COSTELLO Hot Springs
2 3006 CICELY VORHEES Lincoln Junior High School
3 3013 NORAH PHELPS Haas Hall Academy
4 3008 AUDREY BRINKLEY Haas Hall Academy
5 3007 CATHERINE HENRY The New School
6th Grade Girls
1 5014 MADDIE KELLER Lincoln Junior High School
2 5015 LAURA FILES Little Rock Composite
3 5013 HARPER MOORE Lincoln Junior High School
4 5002 ALYSSA LONG Lincoln Junior High School
5 5006 SARAH SIRIA Little Rock Composite
Keera Tucker leads the 7th grade girls into the single track.
Maddie Keller nails the first root in the woods in her first NICA race ever.
High School Girls Wave
Bentonville West dominated the top spot on the podium for the high school girls. Jordan Sauls, coming off a spring injury, took the win in Varsity; Zoe March in JV; Ryleigh Reddell in the Freshman category. Aubrey Drummond, new to NICA but not to bike racing, took the top spot in the Sophomore girls. The JV girls race had several girls who raced their very first mountain bike race – Ashley Conley, Tatumn Luedders, and Nina Reed!
9th Grade Girls
1 501 RYLEIGH REDDELL Bentonville West High School
2 506 EMMA JOHNSON Little Rock Composite
3 505 MACKENZIE CHAVEZ Poteau Public Schools
4 502 KATHRYN KELLEY Rogers All Mountain
5 504 DALLICE WHITE Pea Ridge High School
10th Grade Girls
1 313 AUBREY DRUMMOND Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
2 309 ELLA MERTINS Haas Hall Academy
3 301 LAUREN ADAMS Bentonville High School
4 305 AVERY ESCAJEDA Pea Ridge High School
5 307 RAYNA VANKEUREN Conway Composite
1 100 ZOE MARCH Bentonville West High School
2 106 NINA ZEILER Bentonville High School
3 102 TATUMN LUEDDERS Bentonville High School
4 101 ASHLEY CONLEY Bentonville High School
1 1 JORDAN SAULS Bentonville West High School
2 3 CATE MERTINS Haas Hall Academy
3 2 ABBY VERNON Bentonville High School
Varsity riders Jordan Sauls and Cate Mertins take the corner. These girls were within 30 seconds of each other the entire race!
New-to-NICA Ella Mertins leads out the Sophomore and Freshman girls at the start.
High School Boys Wave
The competition in the High School Boys wave keeps intensifying! Some new students from Oklahoma Flyers did well at Sager Creek – Tayton Parker and Kye Cordes. Samuel Gurel returned to NICA and the podium for his Sophomore season after taking his 9th Grade season off. Cayden Parker, who also is the 13-14 USAC Cross-Country National Champion, rode his way to victory in the Varsity category.
9th Grade Boys
1 645 TAYTON PARKER Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
2 625 CHARLES CARTER Bentonville West High School
3 636 STIHL SNYDER Poteau Public Schools
4 629 JACKSON HORTON Bentonville High School
5 628 CHASE FERGUSON Bentonville High School
10th Grade Boys
1 409 SAMUEL GUREL Haas Hall Academy
2 418 LEVI GARRETT Conway Composite
3 401 JACKSON SPRINGMANN Bentonville High School
4 405 LUCAS LLOYD Little Rock Composite
5 403 LOGAN HOLTON Bentonville High School
1 254 KYE CORDES Oklahoma Flyers – Tulsa
2 226 GARRETT PENDERGRAFT Conway Composite
3 220 WILL PETERSON Bentonville High School
4 209 JOEL BOUMA Rogers All Mountain
5 204 DAKOTA FALCON Bentonville High School
1 58 CAYDEN PARKER Hot Springs
2 57 JACOB SMITHPETERS Haas Hall Academy
3 59 BRYAN PENDERGRAFT Conway Composite
4 56 ALEX MCKINSTRY Rogers All Mountain
5 51 JOSH GOODRICH Bentonville High School
Freshman rider Logan Warren fending off attacks from his competitors on the trail.
Bryan Pendergraft dives through the woods in the varsity race.
Hagen Rushing, Aaron Mattingly, and Alessandro Rocchi take a moment to pose for a pic.
Team Results – High School
1. Bentonville High School
2. Bentonville West High School
3. Haas Hall Academy
Photo Credit: Virginia Hammond, Ignite Digital Design & Photography
New Arkansas NICA Partner – Livsn
LIVSN creates durable outdoor clothing for people who value experiences more than stuff. We design outdoor clothing that actually fits and looks just as good on the street as it does on the trail. We want to buy less, take care of what we own, and spend more time outside.
We’re launching our Kickstarter campaign on Thursday, 9/13. We need as much local support as possible on that day to get out of the gate with momentum. Help us reach our goal and get enough orders to go into full production!
We’ll be donating a percentage of this years revenues directly to the Arkansas NICA organization!