EHS boys turn in respectable performance vs. big schools

By Marvin Birchfield
star staff

  BRISTOL--The 13th Annual Bristol Cross took place at Steele Creek Park on Saturday, as several teams outside the region and state made the trip to compete.
  The event was split up into two divisions, as Elizabethton and Happy Valley represented the Carter County area.
  The Cyclones elected to skip competing in the boys small school meet, so they faced with the stiff competition of teams like Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett.
  Christiansburg (Va.) was the overall team winner, as Elizabethton managed to come in fourth, just behind Science Hill in total points.
  "On first appearance I was kindly disappointed with our boys varsity runners, but after looking at the times, and if everything would have gone right overall, we weren't too bad," said Elizabethton coach Jim Presnell. "Tactically we didn't run very smart, but we gave a pretty good effort, and maybe we learned a couple of lessons that we won't repeat the next time."
  Top Cyclone runner Adam Green posted an eighth-place finish with a time of 17:02, which was right under a minute of race winner John Horst (Christiansburg), who turned in a time of 16:07.
  Todd Smalling of Science Hill was third with Daniel Boone's Blake Ketron, who had a great photo finish with Green a week ago in a meet at Boone, finishing fourth.
  Green settled in around 12th after the first lap, but was unable to pick up a whole lot of ground as he climbed up four spots in the final two miles.
  "It was extremely hot out there, and a really tough course with all the hills," Green said. "It was tough to get a rhythm going. Today we decided to run the AAA race with some of the best schools in the area, so it was really tough competition."
  Another Cyclone who had a good finish was Josh Jaynes, finishing 15 seconds behind Green, in the 13th position.
  Jaynes was faced with the same dilemma by getting trapped back in race pack, as he advanced from around 20th to turn in a time of 17:17.
  "I think if we could have got a better position starting out we could have done a little bit better," Jaynes said. "We came out here and raced some of the biggest schools around, but there's not much you can do about it."
  Corey Henson was third in the Cyclone camp with a 20th overall finish, while David McDaniel wound up 44th, and Joseph Basconi and Ryan Green were 56th and 58th, respectively.
  It was Morristown West winning the team total in the big school girls action, as its runner Haley Moody turned in a time of 19:46 for a first-place finish.
  Tennessee High's Stephanie Place was ninth, while Sullivan Central's Kayte Stone was 10th.
  In small school girls, it was Abingdon (Va.) winning with the best team score, while Ashley Osborne of John Battle finished first in a time of 20:16.
  Elizabethton was fourth overall in team points, and Happy Valley managed to come in seventh.
  "The girls are pleasantly getting better team wise, and we were just one place from getting a trophy, which would have been huge for them," Presnell said. "They are starting to figure it out with the scoring, so now they are trying to pass some people since they know every meet is important."
  Regina Basconi came across in fourth overall for the Cyclones with a time of 20:56. Teammate Lindsey McAmis was tenth at 21:30 to boost the Cyclone team score.
  Other notables for Elizabethton were Courtney Towle in 20th, Laura Bowman, 49th, and Kendra Perkins, 66th.
  "We all moved up, and another girl on the team came in 20th, and she's getting better every race, so we should have a strong team," McAmis said. "We're practicing hard, and it was difficult in trying to kick it at the end."
  Happy Valley had just one runner in the top ten as Ashley Fylnn finished with a time of 21:24 to place seventh, while Shanna Raines was 36th on the list overall.
  In the battle of the small school boys, it was Marion (Va.) taking the top team spot with runner Jason Younts finishing first at a time of 16:37.
  Happy Valley had one runner to finish in the top ten, with Daniel Smith coming in ninth at 18:23. Dustin Green was the next runner on the field for the Warriors, finishing 65th.