EHS boys, HV girls show way

By Ivan Sanders
JOHNSON CITY -- The old cliché practice makes perfect found a crack on Tuesday. The Elizabethton Cyclone boys' cross-country team simple squashed its competition after six days of practice by taking the boys team title in the University High Invitational on the grounds of Mountain Home V.A.
Happy Valley's girls took the girls team title.
Taking eight of the nine top spots, the Cyclone harriers placed the top four runners in times of under 20:00 minutes with the fifth place spot timing out at 20:12. EHS was paced by Matt Young, Jared Cakebread, John Ross and David McDaniel in positions one through four for the meet.
Joseph Basconi and Josh Jaynes took positions five and six, while Caleb McDaniel and Corey Henson rounded out the day in the eight and nine slots.
"I thought we ran good for the first time out," said Cyclone harrier coach Jim Presnell. "Our goal is to have five guys under 18:00 minutes to be competitive for state competition, and today we had five under 20:00, which is pretty good."
Added Presnell: "We wanted to just compete to see where we were. There was some shade at the VA Center, so it gave us a different place to run than where we've been practicing. This was good for us because we are young, and I think it will help our confidence."
Katie Williams picked up where she left off last year by pacing the Lady Warriors to victory. Kortney Goulds finished second while Elizabethton's Jessica Carpenter finished third.
Happy Valley, UH and Elizabethton were represented at the meet.
Elizabethton will be taking the challenge of Bays Mountain on next as they travel to Kingsport next Wednesday for a big meet with several other schools. The start gun will sound around 4:30 p.m.