“While Joseph Bariola proved himself as the top runner in the state, it was his unselfish act in pacing three teammates through the first two miles of the conference championship meet—burying himself into a 21-second deficit behind the race leader in the process—that led the team to its first conference crown in school history. He responded with a flourish over the final 1.1 miles of that race to also win the individual title by one second, then followed up with a regional championship.”
The 6-foot-2, 145-pound senior broke the tape at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional Championships in a personal-best time of 14:52.9 this past season. A four-time All-State honoree, Bariola won Class 5A State Championship in a time of 15:22.06, leading the Rams to a third-place finish as a team. He also was the top Arkansas finisher in securing the bronze medal at the highly competitive Chile Pepper Festival.
Bariola has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at the University of Missouri this fall.
Voted by his peers as the campus Student Section Spirit Leader for all sporting events, Bariola has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.