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Barnard leads Trailblazers to Big 7 cross country championship

It was a successful Big 7 cross country championship for both Washington County schools at Steele Creek Park in Bristol on Oct. 16.
Adam Barnard led the Daniel Boone boys to their third consecutive conference championship, and Pioneer freshman Breanna Roy ran to the top spot in the girls’ event.
Blazer runners captured the top three spots and four out of the top five.
Barnard continued his dominant senior campaign placing first with a time of 15:55. He was followed by teammates James Garst (16:05) and Josh Routh (16:15) to round out the top three.
Also posting strong finishes for the Blazers were Ben Varghese (16:19) in fifth and Mitch Bronstetter (17:17) in seventh. Boone’s Daniel Johnson (18:16) and Nick Roth (18:18) finished 17 and 18.
As a team, the Blazers top five runners combined for just 18 points, putting them well ahead of second-place Science Hill (43) and third place Tennessee High (105).
The David Crockett boys finished in fifth place with a team total of 143.
Dakoatah Lyons led the Pioneers, finishing at 11 with a time of 17:30. Caleb Fannon (19:11) and Christopher Adams (19:19) rounded out the Pioneers’ top three, placing 30 and 31.
In the girls’ event, Roy surprised the field with a first-place finish after running to a time of 19:17, nearly 12 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Halle Hausman of Science Hill.
Despite her first-place finish, the Crockett girls team finished in just sixth place.
With her performance, Roy added another chapter to an excellent first season that promises to be the beginning of an illustrious career at David Crockett.
Four Hilltopper runners followed Roy to pace the Hilltoppers to the conference championship with a team total of 22.
Dobyns-Bennett finished second with 64, and Daniel Boone finished third with 72.
Boone senior Grayson Loyd was the Blazers’ top runner, finishing in sixth with a time of 21:24.
She was followed by teammate Makayla Shaw who placed seventh (21:38).
Next up on the postseason cross country schedule will be the region one championship meet on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Daniel Boone where teams and individuals will vie for a spot in the Saturday, Nov. 1, state championship.