University High makes near perfect sweep of regional cross country

Tanner Cook • Oct 25, 2018 at 9:33 PM

GRAY — The University High Buccaneers made a near-perfect sweep of the Region 1 small school cross country championships on Thursday at Daniel Boone High School.

The boys team almost perfect scored the meet by getting 17 points with Porter Bradley nabbing the individual title. As for the girls, they did perfect score with 15 points and were led by Ali Burns going for the win.

The boys team is the defending state champion and has a good chance to win it again next weekend in Nashville.

“Our teams showed up today and they executed,” University High head coach Maggie Whitson said. “They knew that they were a heavy favorite and they did not let that deter them from running great races. They all worked together and there was a lot of pack running.”

Bradley ran out front almost from the gun and cruised in for his second victory this season on the Trailblazer course. The other was at the Trailblazer Invitational a few weeks ago.

“My race was good and I felt really good the last mile,” Bradley said after posting a time of 17:01. “I was mostly just using it as a tuneup for state next week. I didn’t want to push it too hard.

“This year has been kind of up and down. We’ve had some guys get injured and some guys quit, but we’ve come out of it. We’ve bonded together really well and we’re peaking at the right time.”

With Blake Ryan in second and Nick Daniel in third on Thursday, the Bucs are well on their way to having another good showing at Percy Warner Park.

West Greene and Chuckey-Doak will join UH in Nashville next week.

On the girls’ side, Burns leapt to the front pretty early and led the Bucs to a perfect score with a 21:13 across the line.

They even got the sixth runner in sixth place for nice clean sheet.

Behind Burns was Isabelle Johnson in second (21:52), Anna Bader (3rd, 22:45), Camilla Rivas (4th, 23:36) and Anna Davidson (5th, 23:37).

Joining UH will be Happy Valley in second and South Greene in third.

The individual qualifiers were Brooke Atchinson of West Greene in seventh (24:43), Chuckey-Doak’s Courtney Bruce (8th; 25:06) and Emery Coffey of Washburn (10th; 25:52).

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