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Boone sweeps team titles; Roy and Bowman claim gold at ‘Run fer da Hills’

Tanner Cook • Updated Aug 25, 2018 at 3:59 PM

BRISTOL — It was nearly a mirror image of last year at the annual “Run fer da Hills” cross country meet beneath the shadow of the South Holston Dam on Saturday morning.

Daniel Boone’s Chance Bowman repeated as individual champion in the varsity boys 5K race and David Crockett’s Taylor Roy won the varsity girls race.

The Trailblazers took home the team title for both the boys and girls.

GIRLS RACE

The pace was set early with Roy and teammate Rachel Dulaney getting out front from the gun.

However, it was Roy’s from almost the start as the senior crossed the line of the 3.1-mile hilly course in 19:47, keeping the individual honors in the same household as her elder sister Breanna won last year.

“I felt really good,” Roy said. “I was hoping (Rachel) was going to be close to me so we could push each other, but she has some hurt knees. It feels great to go back-to-back for the sisters.”

Dulaney finished second, but it was all Boone for the team title.

The Lady Trailblazers put the top seven in the first 14 places and won by 12 points over fellow Washington County rival Crockett (29-41).

Judy and Patricia Chellah finished fifth and sixth overall, respectively, for Boone while Erin Bruce (eighth), Alanna Cloud (10th) and Grace Sheldon (12th) rounded out the Lady Trailblazers’ scoring.

“This was a really good race. It was good to see where they are right now,” said Daniel Boone head coach Len Jeffers. “They ran together as a team and the whole girls team is just really tough. They’re quiet off the course, but when they get on that line and the gun goes off, they’re all fierce competitors.”

The spread from the first to the fifth runner for Boone was 51 seconds and the team average 5K was about 21:32.

Other notable individuals were Unicoi County freshman Marissa Soulier finishing ninth in 21:42 and University High’s Ali Burns 11th in 21:51.

BOYS RACE

Bowman and teammate Matt Huff (third) were out in the chase pack early on, pursuing a Morristown West runner that was setting the pace ablaze. However, the Boone boys knew when to attack the course.

Bowman and Huff took over the duties out from near two miles, with Crockett’s Hank Lowe along for the ride.

Owning a sizable advantage going into the final mile, Bowman powered his way through en route to a second consecutive victory.

“It was a good run today. I felt good and it was fun,” said Bowman, whose winning time was 17:14.

Lowe would finish second, breaking up the Boone top five. He crossed the line in 17:24.

“All around I felt pretty good,” Lowe said. “Going up to the top of the hill and going through the woods, I was right behind Matt and Chance. I just kind of let myself go down the hill. Once we got onto the front part of the course, I saw the finish line and started picking it up. I didn’t have enough to catch Chance, though.”

The Trailblazers racked up 23 points in the win, dismantling the rest of the field as Crockett was a distant second with 73 points.

Other notable finishes were Ryland Jones of Greeneville getting sixth in 17:48, Blake Ryan of University High snatching eighth in 17:57 and Christopher Miller of Providence nabbing 10th at 18:10.

“The boys had another really good race,” Jeffers said. “They had some newcomers that really stepped up. They ran well up front and played to each other’s strengths. It was just a really good effort all the way around.”

The boys’ team spread for Boone was 58 seconds and the average finishing time was round 17:40.

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