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Blazers finish seventh at Hardin Valley

In one of the premiere track and field events of the regular season, Daniel Boone proved it belongs among many of the elite teams in the state.
The Blazers joined several other Big 7 members in participation at the Hardin Valley Invitational on March 29.
The track and field event brought together over 60 boys and girls teams throughout East Tennessee.
The teams were scored based on 17 individual events, with the top eight finishers from the finals of each event awarded points toward their respective team’s total.
Throughout the day, the girls of Daniel Boone found themselves finishing just outside the top eight in several events, leading to a tough finish of 24 among the 29 teams who recorded at least one point.
Boone freshman Cassidy Campbell was responsible for all four of Boone’s accumulated points total after placing fifth in the finals of the high jump.
The Lady Blazers near misses included an 11th place finish in the girls 4×200-meter relay and a 12th place finish in the 4×100.
Sophomore Rebecca Arwood just missed earning points with a 10th place finish in shot put.
Event host Hardin Valley stood atop the girls standing with 87 total points, Maryville and Signal Mountain rounded out the top three. Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill were the top finishers in the Big 7, placing fourth and fifth respectively.
The Blazers fared much better in the boys standings after compiling 31 points for a seventh place finish out of 34 teams who recorded points.
Leading the Blazer effort was high jumper Christian Stumpf who was awarded 10 points for his efforts.
The junior beat out Jefferson County senior Tanner Stepp to finish first in the high jump finals.
Distance runner Adam Barnard placed second in the 800-meter finals with a time of 1:56.29. He finished just over a second behind first-place runner Bryce Ailshie of Dobyns-Bennett.
James Garst and Ashton Wilson each placed in their respective events, with Garth finishing fifth in the 3200-meter and Wilson running to a fifth-place finish in the 800.
Boone junior David Merriken finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles and just missed placing in the 300-meter hurdles with a ninth-place finish.
Boone added three points in the 4×200 meter relay with a sixth-place finish.
Hardin Valley Academy captured first in the boys overall standings with Maryville and Oakland rounding out the top three.
Dobyns-Bennet and Volunteer were the only conference teams to finish ahead of Boone with fourth- and fifth-place finishes.