Lady Warriors, Cyclone boys make good showing at Trailblazer Invite

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Matt Young (left) and John Ross (right) helped the Cyclone boys post a fourth-place finish.

By Rebecca Pierson
Hundreds of family, friends and fans gathered at Daniel Boone High School yesterday for the 1st Annual Trailblazer Cross Country Invitational.
Daniel Boone cross country coach George Moody was very enthusiastic not only about the Boone's boys team third-place finish overall, but also about the number of teams that participated in the event. More than two dozen high schools from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia came to Gray to compete.
Science Hill took the boys' run in first place with the help of Nathan Bowers and Todd Smalling placing in the first and fourth positions, respectively.
Elizabethton's boys finished fourth overall out of 26 teams with an average time of 17:34.
Seniors John Ross, 17:16, and Matt Young, 17:20, placed 19th and 20th, respectively.
Sophomore Adam Green came in 27th, 13 seconds behind Young. David McDaniel, 35th, finished at 17:48 and Caleb McDaniel, 40th, finished with a time of 17:52.

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The HV girls team burts off the starting line, en route to a second-place finish.

Senior Jared Cakebread, 18:08, placed 51st and Joseph Basconi finished at 61st.
Happy Valley's Dustin Greene finished 74th in the boys' heat with a time of 18:35.
Gate City's Ashton Bishop, a freshman, came in first place in the girls' heat at 19:20. Morristown West placed first team overall with an average finish of 20:03.
Happy Valley's girls placed an impressive second place out of 17 teams at an average of 20:39, with senior Katie Williams placing third at a time of 19:32. Kortney Goulds, also a senior, finished 12th in 20:26.
Junior Ashley Flynn finished 17th with a time of 20:52, with Shanna Raines, 18th, finishing three seconds behind Flynn.
Samantha Canter, freshman, finished at 21:30 in 29th place, and Kate Powell, junior, came in 45th place with a time of 22:25. Senior Jenny Nangle came in at 23:08 and placed in the 60th position.
Cyclone seniors Jessica Carpenter and Heidi Christiansen came in 25th and 73rd, respectively, while freshmen Lindsay McAmis finished at 22:49 for 53rd place and Regina Basconi placed 66th with a 23:22 finish.
Elizabethton's junior varsity boys' team also placed third overall with an average run of 19:09.
Sophomore Josh Jaynes came in first place at a time of 17:30. Kyle Germain and Corey Henson placed 17th and 18th, just two seconds behind one another.
Tyler Ross and Drew LaPorte, both sophomores, came in at 19:37 and 20:09, placing themselves at 29th and 37th. Freshman Zack Sheppard placed 39th, two seconds behind Laporte.
Sophomore Josh Fair ran a time of 20:49 for 51st place. Freshman Andrew Gouge rounds out the Cyclones with a 74th-place finish at 23:52.
Happy Valley's girls coach Scotty Verran was pleased with the finish of his team.
"The girls did well," he said. "They are improving overall."
The Warriors will have their next meet Thursday, Oct. 16 at Sullivan North.