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Boone cross country defeats the Hilltoppers

Daniel Boone wasn’t able to defend its state crown over the weekend, but it was a bit of redemption for the Trailblazers as they finished in third place during the TSSAA state meet, defeating Science Hill, who had surprised the Trailblazers during the Big 7 Conference and Regional Championships.
The Trailblazers stormed back to finish in third place during the TSSAA Cross Country Meet in Nashville, with a score of 110, just ahead of the Hilltoppers who finished fourth with a score of 121.
Brentwood took the overall title, finishing with 63 points, while Oak Ridge took home second place with 87 points.
“It was a great race on Saturday for us,” Daniel Boone Coach Len Jeffers said. “It was just a great race by the team and a great finish. I knew that top four was going to be tough, so it was pleasing and we are satisfied with the kids and what they were able to accomplish.”
It was the fourth year in a row that Boone has finished in the top three and fifth year in a row that they finished in the top five. It was also the third year in a row the Trailblazers had four runners finish in the top 15, which qualified them for All-State.
Josh Routh finished as state runner-up with a time of 15:50, just 15 seconds behind Brentwood’s Brodey Hasty. Routh also became only the second runner in Daniel Boone history to finish three seasons as an All-State qualifier.
Ben Varghese finished in fourth place, with Mitch Bronstetter taking 13th place with a time of 16:31 to also take home state honors.
Chance Bowman finished in 55th place with a time of 17:14, and Zac Branham finished in 58th with a time of 17:16 to finish off the scoring for the Trailblazers.
“They were disappointed to lose the conference and the region, but it was good for them to come back and show that they can hold their heads high and come back,” Jeffers said. “I know that our kids have to make some sacrifices to do what they do, but they love to be out there, and they make the commitment and sacrifices to do what they need to do to succeed at that kind of level.”
David Crockett’s Breanna Roy finished in 15th place during her race, which was good enough for All-State honors. Makayla Shaw finished in 29th place with a time of 20:02.
“It was a great meet for her and it provides her with the experience that she needs to build on,” said Jeffers about Shaw. “It will also give her the chance to carry that experience back to her teammates so that she can help them improve.”
Crockett freshman Taylor Roy finished in 79th place with a time of 21:26.
For Daniel Boone, the season isn’t quite over, as the team will travel to Hardin Valley for the HOKA One Postal Nationals post season time trail on Friday, Nov. 20. That will be followed by the Foot Locker Region Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, as 18 runners will compete in that event.