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Boone boys headed to cross country championships

The boys of Daniel Boone High School will be taking part in the TSSAA State Championship meet in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 5.
While Boone’s second place finish at the regional meet on Thursday guaranteed them a spot in the main event, finishing behind Dobyns-Bennett came as a surprise.
The hosting Blazers, who had beaten the Tribe in several meets earlier in the season, including the Big 8 Championship, finished four points behind the Region 1 AAA champion held last week.
Leading the charge for the Blazers was the duo of Roderick Bowman and Chad Whitehead.
The junior teammates finished third and fourth respectively, with Bowman posting a time of 16:30.6 and Whitehead crossing just behind him at 16:48.0 in the 5k run.
Also contributing to Boone’s overall team score were Adam Barnard (17:02.8), who finished eighth overall, James Garst (17:43.0) and Jordan Roth (17:44.0), rounding out the top five Blazer finishers placing 22 and 23 respectively.
Boone posted a combined team time of 1:25:48.40, a mere four seconds behind Dobyns-Bennett. Helping the Tribe to the win was Chris McElroy, who finished first overall with a time of 16:03.7.
Joining Boone and Dobyns-Bennett in Nashville next week for the boys’ event will be third-place finisher Morristown West, who narrowly pushed past Science Hill to take the spot.
While the male Hilltoppers narrowly missed competing at state, the Lady Hilltoppers continued their cross country dominance, finishing first overall in the girls’ category.
The Lady Blazers placed seventh overall, thanks to superb efforts from Brittanie Hubbard and Grayson Loyd, who finished at 13 and 14 in the event.
Sullivan Central’s Emily Williams led all girl runners posting a time of 19:15.9.
Boone runners are now in the midst of preparation for the final event of the year — the state championship.
With the top three teams from each region meeting in Nashville next weekend, the competition will without a doubt be the toughest the Blazers have faced this season.
The event is set for Nov. 5 at Steeplechase Course in Nashville.