The Lady Hilltoppers, led by Molly Foster’s first-place finish, cruised to a 24-47 win over runner-up Dobyns-Bennett. The Lady Trailblazers finished third with 85 points.
Boone’s boys had similar success, posting a 28-41 win over D-B. Tennessee High finished third with 92 points.
D-B’s Chris McElroy won the boys’ individual race with a time of 10:15.51 over the 1.95-mile course. Boone’s Jordan Roth was second at 10:25.19.
Foster’s winning time was 11:45.97, followed by teammate Martha McCoy second (12:08.83).
The Lady ’Toppers, who finished second in the state last fall, placed their first five runners inside the top 10 to dominate the competition.
“This was a good indicator for us today,’’ said Science Hill coach Jennifer Brockett. “We have high expectations for this group after our finish in last year’s state meet. The goal this time is to win it all.’’
Foster, for one, thinks that’s a realistic goal.
“We have a lot of young girls who have stepped up,’’ she said. “They’re running together better and that brings them across the finish line together.’’
The outcome of the boys’ race was no surprise to Boone coach Len Jeffers. His team placed its first four runners inside the top 10.
“We did what we had hoped to do today,’’ Jeffers said. “This summer during training we saw the potential for this team. There’s more depth and more competition among the guys.’’
McElroy, who won the state 1,600 meters this past spring, is leading a very young D-B boys squad.
“We’re young, but this is the best top five guys since I’ve been at D-B,’’ he said. “I just encourage them to do the little things right. That’s how you improve.’’
“Chris is like an assistant coach for me,’’ noted D-B coach Bob Bingham. “The guys respect him so much they follow his lead. And he does a nice job in that role.’’
Although he had hoped for better results, Bingham knows its a long season.
“There are still a lot of things to learn, both with the girls and the boys,’’ he said. “Right now I think we’re on track to have a good season.’’