McCollum’s Column: A trifecta for Conway Christian runner (with video)

Conway’ Bennett Pascoe completed a racing trifecta Saturday.

 

The week began with blue ribbons and ended with a trophy with a toad on it.

Running for Conway Christian, Pascoe won the 800 and 1600 meters at the Class 2A state meet on the Hendrix track.

Saturday, he romped through the neighborhoods and streets of Conway, winning the male division of the Toad Suck 5k.

“I haven’t run a 5k since cross county season, so I was surprised things came out how they did,” he said.

After winning the two races Tuesday, Pascoe said he cooled down a bit and did some light running work. And he also accomplished something most parents would appreciated from teen-agers.”

“Did a little yard work,” he said.

He took a liking to the new route through the heart of Conway.

“It’s an awesome course,” he said. “It took us through where we could see a lot more old houses and churches and I really liked that.”

His next step is the Meet of Champs on Saturday, May 13, in Russellville. He’ll run the 1,600 and possibly the 800.

Then, he heads to Jonesboro on a track scholarship to Arkansas State.

“I’m looking forward to running with a big track team,” he said.

His brother, Brady, a ninth-grader, finished seventh in the 5k.

“I started running in the ninth grade; Brady started in the seventh grade and he’s trying to beat what I did,” Bennett said. “His best times are better than mine at that age.”

For starters

As is the custom, an ensemble from the Conway High band, played the national anthem before the start.

Numbers

According to the chip timing, 729 runners finished the 10k and 5k.

Overheard

First runner: “That was a good time.”

Second runner: “Yeh, but I wish I was your age again.”

First runner: “I wish I was a year younger.”

See who placed in the 1A-2A state track meet at Hendrix

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