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Barnard, Boone blaze way to Bristol Cross title

September 28th, 2013 9:10 pm by Greg Peters

Barnard, Boone blaze way to Bristol Cross title

Runners break from the start during the girls' race Saturday in the 22nd annual Bristol Cross at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Va. (Greg Peters photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Nothing short of a state championship will do for the Daniel Boone cross country team in 2013.

The squad finished runner-up last season after missing the state title by nine points.

On Saturday afternoon, Adam Barnard kept the Trailblazers on track with his first-place victory in the 22nd annual Bristol Cross at Steele Creek Park. His finish also propelled the squad to the team championship.

Barnard posted a blistering 16:04, beating second-place finisher Brad Swiney. The John Battle runner crossed the line in 16:29.

“Last year on this course I ran a 16:06 and then a 15:57 at conference on the same course,” Barnard said. “We’ve had a tough week of training this week and the goals were for me to win individual and for us to win as a team.” 

Boone placed seven runners among the first 21 finishers.

Morristown West’s MaKenzie Jones posted a personal-record time of 18:28 to repeat her victory in last year’s meet.

Jones’ finish aided by a fourth-place showing from teammate Jessica Lord (19:38) propelled the Lady Trojans to the team title. Science Hill finished second.

Read more in Sunday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.


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