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Boone boys win Trailblazer Invitational

In its 40th year, Boone’s annual Trailblazer Invitational welcomed runners from across the area on Oct. 13 to the campus of Daniel Boone High School for a cross-country meet that usually acts as a final tune-up for the postseason.
The invitational allows potential regional runners to familiarize themselves with the course, which will also be the setting of the Oct. 25 regional meet.
To no surprise, the 5K event was won by the Blazer boys’ team.
Boone, the odds-on favorite to advance to the state meet, captured first place with 44 points.
They were followed in the team standings by Morristown West who placed second with 119 points and fielded the meet’s top runner, Quintin McKinnish who finished with a time of 15:39.7. Greeneville placed third, finishing with 146 points.
Crockett also ran in the event and placed outside of the Top 10. The Pioneers were led by Tucker Ayers (18:36.1), who finished just outside of the Top 50.
Leading the way for Boone were second and third place finishers, Adam Barnard (15.59.7) and Roderick Bowman (16:12.0), respectively.
Boone’s top five contributors were rounded out by James Garst (17:02.8) in 12th place, Jordan Roth (17:03.7) in 13th place and Chad Whitehead (17:05.2) in 14th place.
The Boone girls also put together a strong effort, finishing fourth overall as a team with 128 points.
Preceding the Blazers in the standings were Morristown West (28), Tennessee High (85) and Science Hill (93).
The girls of Crockett fared well with a ninth place finish (236).
The top overall time in the girls’ run was set by Mary Easton of Lebanon with a time of 19:21.0.
Crockett’s top performer was Carrigan Bishop (20:32.1), who finished ninth.
Boone was led by 21st and 22nd finishers, Brittanie Hubbard (21:53.5) and Alli Littleton (21:57.4)