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Neglia leads Lady Tribe to perfection in Twilight 2-Miler

By PAT KENNEY pkenney@timesnews.net • Sep 1, 2017 at 1:24 AM

GRAY — Perfect conditions produced perfect results for the Dobyns-Bennett girls cross country team on Thursday during the Twilight 2-Miler held at Daniel Boone High School.

Led by defending state champion Sasha Neglia, the Lady Indians had the first five runners across the finish line and came away with a perfect score of 15 points. D-B also had the No. 7 and 8 runners in the field.

Neglia’s winning time was 11:39.38 with the Lady Indians’ Ellie Hall second at 12:22.27.

Daniel Boone’s girls finished second with 48 points.

Neglia, a sophomore, is returning to competition after missing the spring track season with a hamstring injury.

“Being out for the track season has motivated me going into cross country,” said Neglia. “I would like to repeat as state champion and would also like to run in some national events.”

The top five D-B girls runners included two sophomores, two freshmen and a senior.

“We’re young but I think this is a strong team,” added Neglia. “I tell the younger runners not to get too nervous and just believe in themselves.”

In the boys race, it was another dominant performance by the Daniel Boone boys. Trailblazers junior Chance Bowman crossed the line first at 10:08.74 with Sullivan South’s Zach Johnson second at 10:23.87.

The Boone boys posted a winning score of 21 with Dobyns-Bennett second at 52.

Bowman is another in a line of outstanding Boone distance runners. Adam Barnard and Ben Varghese carried the standard before him, and now Bowman is the man out front.

“I’m still getting used to that,” said Bowman. “I know I can be a better runner. For me, it’s been more of a mental change. I’m more ready to run and more ready to win.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is you can’t win if people are in front of you.”

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