By GARRETT TUMLIN
Daniel Boone’s track team looking at a bright future.
They headed down to Knoxville last weekend to compete against 37 teams that met at the Hardin Valley Track Meet. But it wasn’t unfamiliar ground for the Trailblazers, as they squared off against familiar foes like Dobyns-Bennet, Science Hill and Tennessee High.
And the finish wasn’t uncommon for the Blazers either, as the boys team grabbed a third place finished overall, while the girls team finished in 12th.
“Most of our boys and girls competed in one event and only a few with two,” Daniel Boone Coach Len Jeffers said. “We didn’t go only to score a lot of points.”
On the boy’s side, there were three first place wins, including a dominating performance from the dynamic duo of senior Josh Routh and junior Ben Varghese. Both were members of the boys 4×800 relay which won first place.
Routh also took home a first place finish in the 1600.
“He was in the fast section and he got shuffled back at the start,” Jeffers said. “He held his composure and was patient until the last lap when he took the lead.”
That was similar to how Varghese took his first place finish in the 3200, while also setting a new track record.
“He sat back and relaxed for his first mile,” Jeffers said. “Halfway in the race he took the lead and just ran the last mile by himself.”
Jeffers says both boys ran smart, patient and they never panicked.
Out of the Trailblazers team, there were nine athletes that scored points.
On the boys side of the team, besides the victories from Routh and Varghese and the 4×800 victory, they also picked up big finishes from sophomore Noah Shelton’s third place in the high jump and junior Ryan Jacomet’s fourth place in the pole vault.
The girls placed and scored in four events. The 4×800 team placed second and broke the school record, sophomore Maria Chellah placed fourth in 400 meters, junior Makayla Shaw placed fifth in the 3200 and sophomore Erin Fuller placed sixth in the high jump.
“We’re dealing with a lot of first and second year runners but they bought in, they were determined and they listen to what you ask them,” Jeffers said.
This meet was important to Daniel Boone because it is one of their biggest meets this season. It also included a lot of teams that they will see around sectionals time in May.
“This benefits the team tremendously,” Jeffers said. “The competition is there so we can see where we are and see what we need to do to get where we want to be.”
By GARRETT TUMLIN