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Boone relay team captures state championship

In November 2012, amid high expectations, the Daniel Boone High School cross-country team finished second at state, narrowly beaten out by state champion Brentwood.
Six months later, many of the same runners from that team returned to state, this time as part of the 4×800-meter relay team.
On May 24 in Murfreesboro, the Blazer team made up of Chad Whitehead, Ashton Wilson, Adam Barnard and Jordan Roth once again went up against Brentwood as well as 14 other teams from around the state.
Despite a dropped baton, the Blazers stormed from way back to capture state gold.
Whitehead opened the relay for the Blazers, at one point losing the baton and falling behind from the field.
It seemed a victory was unlikely.
But Whitehead made up time, handing off to Wilson with Boone in the middle of the pack.
Wilson caught more runners in the field, pushing the Blazers within a few positions of the lead.
Barnard took the baton from there and eventually caught the relay leading Brentwood.
Anchoring the Blazers was Roth, who continued in a dead heat with Brentwood. Roth eventually pulled away in the last fourth of the race to give the Blazers the state championship.
The championship was sweetened as Brentwood finished just behind the Trailblazers in second place.
The Blazers finished with a time of 7:57.42, a remarkable come-from-behind victory.
Roth and Barnard both ran individual events before the relay, with Roth placing fifth in the 800 meter and Barnard seventh in the 3200 meter.
Boone’s Christian Stumpf also participated at the state meet, finishing eighth in the high jump.