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Boone boys, UH teams crowned regional cross country champions

Tanner Cook • Updated Oct 26, 2017 at 9:47 PM

The Region 1 small and large school cross country races were held at Daniel Boone High School on Thursday. The word of the day was domination by the winning squads.

Each of the top three teams from every race and the individuals in the top 10 overall all qualify for next week’s TSSAA state cross country meet in Mufreesboro at Percy Warner Park.

Small school girls

In the first race of the day — and the smallest — University High senior Bekah Owen took home the individual title with a time of 21:02 for the rolling 5K course.

Owen distanced herself early away from the pack and ended up winning by nearly one and half minutes over her teammate Christina Fulcher.

University High ended having a team score of 15 points and dominated the competition by putting all of their scoring seven in the top eight positions.

The lone girl to break up the UH sweep was Kamorah Ryhlick of Cumberland Gap, who finished third overall and qualified for the state meet.

Happy Valley finished in second place with 66 points while South Green too the final qualifying spot with 72 points.

Large school girls

Sasha Neglia of Dobyns-Bennett continued her season of dominance by blowing away the field again in record fashion. She covered the 5K course in a new course record time of 17:53 and became the only girl to ever break 18 minutes on the Daniel Boone cross country course.

The Indians crushed the team competition with an outstanding score of 29 points, besting second place by 33 points (29-62).

The Pioneers had some close company for second place as Daniel Boone finished only one point behind for third place.

The Science Hill squad missed the state meet as they finished fourth with 100 points. However, senior Gabrielle Mardis did qualify as an individual as she finished third overall in 19:48.

Small school boys

The University High boys team would not be out-done by its counterparts as they also had a perfect score of 15 points in the small school race.

Junior Porter Bradley took home the individual title for the Buccaneers as he cover the course in 17:19.

All of the scoring seven for UH was in the top eight positions.

Chuckey-Doak freshman Irving Medina finished in sixth place and earned an automatic bid to the state meet.

West Greene finished in second place with 66 points and Sullivan North finished in third with 97 points.

Large school boys

Jeb Jones won the individual title, but it was not without a hard fought race from Cherokee sophomore Austin Kirkpatrick, who stuck right on Jones’ shoulder until just after two miles.

Jones covered the course in 16:24 while Kirkpatrick ran 16:37 and they were nearly 20 seconds.

Daniel Boone won the team title for the fifth time in six years and won by a wide margin with only 34 points. Science Hill finished in second place with 73 points. Morristown West finished third with 94 points.

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