NASHVILLE — Daniel Boone finished state runner-up in the Class AAA boys cross country meet for a second straight year on Saturday at Percy Warner Park.
Other local squads also had plenty of success. Science Hill posted fifth-place finishes in both the Class AAA boys’ and girls’ races, while the University High boys were fourth in the Class A-AA competition.
As for the Boone boys, the Trailblazers lost 49-100 to nationally-ranked Brentwood, but were 33 points ahead of third-place Hardin Valley. Ravenwood was fourth with 134 points and Science Hill was fifth with 210 points.
“We knew what Brentwood was all about,” Boone coach Len Jeffers said. “We’d seen them before. It really looked like it was gonna be a pretty good battle for second between us and Hardin Valley. Our boys ran strong, as they had all year. There was no quit in them. They finished strong, just a complete team effort.”
Three Boone runners made the All-State team, led by Adam Barnard, who finished fourth individually at 15:38. Joining Barnard on the All-State team were James Garst in ninth (16:15) and Josh Routh in 14th (16:21).
“Last year, we had two on the all-state team and the year before that, we had one,” Jeffers said. “To have three break into the top 15, that really gave us a boost. Then, the boys four through seven did their jobs, which allowed us to beat Hardin Valley. It was a total team effort. Having that depth allowed us to go much deeper than a lot of other teams.”
It added to a strong tradition at Boone, which includes two state championships as well as the back-to-back runner-up finishes. This year’s efforts came despite the ’Blazers losing three of their top five runners from the previous year.
Mitch Bronstetter and Ashton Wilson added to the total points, while Jacob Cutshall and Alex Lewis helped break up some of the other teams’ scores.
“To be able to regroup and reload and come back with another state runner-up finish is evident of the time and the work they put into it,” Jeffers said. “It’s a testament to their commitment to it and their drive for success.”
Science Hill was led by Alex Crigger in 18th, who at 16:37 missed All-State honors by just three seconds.
Noah Charles (32nd), Bradley Tongco (35th), Keaton Parr and Joe Whitaker all added to the Hilltoppers’ total. Harrison Barrett finished just 10 seconds behind Whitaker.
Science Hill also finished fifth on the girls’ side with Sarah Fickley setting a personal record of 19:15 and Halle Hausman (19:28) both earning All-State honors.
Lydia Lee, Casey Miller and Alicia DeVos all scored for the Lady ’Toppers with Katie Lance just seven spots behind.
“Our whole season, the goal was to be top-five on both sides,” Science Hill head coach Jennifer Brockett said. “I felt really good about both teams. For Sarah and Halle to both get all-state, we were excited about that. For Sarah, it was a little bittersweet since she’s a senior and to finally get that goal she’s worked so hard for. We weren’t sure about Halle until the results came up. Alex Crigger was the top freshman on the boys’ side by a lot, so that looks really good for next year.”
In the Class A-AA boys, Noah Jones finished 12th individually (17:08) to lead the Junior Bucs to a fourth-place team finish.
Levi Carter and Zac Branham added finishes of 17:55 and 18:08, respectively. Seniors Tanner Smith (18:16) and Hayden Simmons (18:46) also added to the University High points total.
“We wanted to be top-five and fourth-place was great,” University High head coach Dee Perry said. “It was a lot better than we did last year. Our top three come back so next year, we want to finish even higher. Our girls finished 12th and we have the top-five girls back for the next two years. I really looking for them to win it in the next two years.”