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Hosting Blazers find success at cross-country meet

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers are no strangers to cross-country success. On the road approaching the high school, a sign is posted declaring Daniel Boone as state champions of the sport in 1981 and 1982. The Blazers are still looked upon as strong conference competitors every season.
For the last 37 years Blazer cross-country has displayed their program’s talent by hosting the annual Trailblazer Cross-Country Invitational. The 38th running occurred Oct. 16, as participating schools from all over the area invaded the high school campus. Also in attendance was Boone’s cross county rival, David Crockett.
Boone Coach Len Jeffers described the event as a tune up for district and region tournaments, allowing schools to see where they stand against one another. Nine events make up the day, these include a 1.45 mile elementary race, an almost 2 mile boys and girls middle school race and an 8000 meter and 5000 meter collegiate men and women’s race. The second half of the competition is devoted to the high schools in a 5k meter race, where the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams are displayed in the final four events of the day.
In the high school boys 5k run, 161 individuals entered the competition from 24 schools. The scores ranged from 16:28.30 to 33:04.63. The individual winner of the day was Jordan Noe, the Morristown West senior along with two of his teammates were the first three to cross the finish line. This was enough for Morristown West to finish first overall in the team competition. Daniel Boone finished an impressive fourth overall in the large field. The five Boone scores that were recorded for their team totals were senior Chris Boardwine who finished fourth overall with a time of 16:59.54, sophomore Roderick Bowman finished 11th at 17:19.67, sophomore Jordan Roth finished 22nd with a time of 17:52:61, junior Adam Whitfield finished 34th at 18:09.28 and sophomore Vas Bennett contributed to the team totals with a 54th place finish at 19:01.12.
The Pioneers of David Crockett finished 16th of 24 as a team. The Pioneers were led by two of their seniors, Matthew Thomas who finished 58th with a time 19:02.62 and Casey Carnella who finished 63rd posting a time of 19:13:96. Jonathon Stone, Rico Vaquero and Michael Thomas also contributed to the David Crockett team score.
The girls 5k event began with 120 individual participants and 16 teams. The Lady Blazers finished with a stellar second place finish overall, posting a combined time of 1:53:00.21, falling just shy of first place finisher Greeneville. Individually, sophomore Molly Foster of Science Hill finished first, posting a time of 19:20.49. Senior Dominique Carpenter led the Lady Blazers with a 14th place finish and a time of 21:28.75. Freshman Brittanie Hubbard finished 18th posting a time of 21:49.45. The remaining three Blazer individuals whose time counted in the team standings were Raven Douglas who finished 34th, Hannah Everhart in 39th and freshman Sierra Hanson who rounded out the top five in 43rd.
Despite having phenomenal senior runner Cassie St. John, the ladies of Crockett finished a mediocre tenth. St. John posted an individual time of 20:50.24, good enough for seventh overall. The next Crockett finisher was Emily Runion who finished 61st and posted a time of 24:32.15. Freshman Kathryn Woodfin rounded out the top three with an 89th place finish.
Coach Jeffers spoke of his team’s performance following the end of the varsity events.
“I thought we performed really well in what traditionally has been an end of the year championship. Our girls ran extremely hard and I was pleased with our boys overall performance,” Jeffers said.
The Blazer coach relayed the importance of his senior leadership on the team. “Some of the top teams are here, and our senior leader on both the boys and girls teams came through. Both teams have a senior leader and I was pleased with the way they performed,” Jeffers said.
The boy’s junior varsity team also performed well for Daniel Boone, finishing second overall. The Blazer JV squad was led by TJ Merendino and Eli Rinder with a ninth and 11th place finish. Individually, freshman Hannah Craig led the Lady Blazers JV team with a seventh place finish overall. As the regular season wraps up, teams will begin preparing for post season tournaments.
Will a third state title be in the near future for the Blazers of Daniel Boone? Only time will tell.