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Blazers race to win Trailblazer Invitationals

The Daniel Boone cross country team is no stranger to success both at a local and state level. The 2011 Blazers are expected to vie for the school’s third state championship after putting together a promising year among regional competition.
With the Big 8 Championships set to run on Oct. 20, the Daniel Boone Trailblazer Invitational acts as a final warm-up between the end of the regular season and the beginning of the post season.
The boys’ cross country team at Daniel Boone has been among the top finishers this season at every meet and Saturday’s Invitational was no different.
The hosting Blazers put together the top time as a team, finishing with 58 points, twice better than second place finisher Dobyns-Bennett. The top five runners for Boone posted a combined time of 1:26:21.67 in the 5k event that featured 26 teams.
Leading Boone at the Invitational was junior Roderick Bowman who finished fourth with a time of 16:38.60. The Blazers however were strong from top to bottom with freshman Adam Barnard placing eighth (17:10.66), Chad Whitehead finishing a spot behind at ninth (17:11.07), Jordan Roth finished at 16 (17:34.34) and freshman James Garst rounded out the counting times for Boone placing 26 (17:47.0).
Also posting strong times for the Blazers were Jacob Cutshall who placed 41 (18:17.64) and Caleb Cutshall who finished at 54 (18:38.86). The event featured 177 runners in the varsity boy’s category. Quintin Mckinnish of Morristown West finished first at the invitational posting a top time of 16:08.24. The David Crockett Pioneers also participated, finishing as a team at 23 with a combined time of 1:43:05.53. The Pioneers’ top finisher was freshman Jeffrey Deloach who ended his day in the top 100 at 90 (19:42.79).
The Lady Blazers cross country team also ran in the event, placing eighth out of 18 teams with a combined time of 1:57:45.12. Freshman Grayson Loyd was Boone’s top finisher at 17 (22:01.16).

Sophomore Brittanie Hubbard wasn’t far behind placing 23 (22:19.80) out of 144 runners. Junior Emily Williams of Sullivan Central finished first in the girls’ event, posting a time of 19:33.74.
The Lady Pioneers finished at 13 as a team, with senior Faith Hicks leading the way. She finished 71 in the field posting a time of 24:30.44.
The boys of Boone are the obvious favorites at the Big 8 Championship which will is set for Steel Creek Park in Bristol. The Region 1 Championship will run on Oct. 27 at Daniel Boone where the winners will earn a spot in the State Championships on Nov. 5 in Nashville.