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    Battle of the Back 40, Poolville, TX – Photo/Trevor M. Wyatt
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    Battle of the Back 40, Poolville, TX – Photo/Trevor M. Wyatt

Local high schools run at Poolville meet

All three local high schools ran Wednesday afternoon at the Poolville “Battle of the Back 40” meet, with varying degrees of success.
The course was a tough one according to both Jacksboro coach Steve Hooten and Perrin coach Lloyd Tucker. The course included a tough back 40, which the varsity boys had to run twice and all other groups had to run once.

Bryson had one high school runner, Ethan Smith, who finished 45th out of 66 runners in the boy’s varsity after suffering an injury. He was carried off the track after he finished running and did not have the ability to put pressure on his knee. On the junior high side, Bryson had three girls run, finishing 50th, 59th and 81st out of 180 runners.

Jacksboro’s team was not at full strength, according to Coach Hooten. Both the boys and girls teams were dealing with injuries on the high school boy’s and girl’s teams.

“We had three of our varsity men out, our varsity football boys,” Hooten said. “So we weren’t able to run as a team with the boys. On the girls side, Maria [Chavez] was dealing with shin splints. That’s going to go on until the end of the season, when she can get some rest, but I’m proud of how she finished.”

Chavez finished 16th out of 73 runners in the girls varsity race, one away from medaling. On the boy’s varsity side the team was lead by Yahir Salas, who finished 29th and Kayne Miller finished 30 out of 66. The Jacksboro Junior High teams finished 10th on the boys side and third on the girls side.

Perrin had arguably the most success out of the schools, with medalists in every event a Perrin runner was entered in save for girl’s junior varsity. Coach Lloyd Tucker was proud of his team, especially his daughter, Kelli Tucker, who placed fifth in the women’s varsity meet.
“Kelli went to state last year,” Coach Tucker said. “She’s done well in cross country, and I believe since eighth grade she has always won district. We didn’t have enough girls to field a team last year but she competed in regionals by herself and made it to state as an individual.”
Coach Tucker said the track made their times fall a bit slower than their usual times, but attributed that to the track, not his runners.
“I was proud of every one of our runners,” Coach Tucker said. “I thought we competed well, and even though our times may not have been the best we can attribute that to the tough course. I like where we placed.”

In the boys varsity, Perrin was lead by junior Michael Goodman, who finished eighth. There were two medalists on the boys junior varsity side, with Wyatt Kenney finishing fourth and freshman Patton Laurence finishing seventh. Each boys team had two runners but Tucker hopes to combine the runners later in the season.

“Next week we will have a boys team,” Coach Tucker said. “We had one boy that was injured and one that was not able to make it, but the next two weeks we should have a team. Last year the boys made it to regionals and we hope this year it’s the same thing.”

Both Perrin and Bryson will run on Oct. 2 at the Perrin Cross Country meet. Jacksboro will run at Decatur on Oct. 5.

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