By Grant Stevens - Sports Editor
Oct. 31, 2012 — A long time coming.
This is how top-regional runner Macy Dyer described her school’s first hosting of an annual cross country meet.
Dyer, who finished one minute ahead of any other competitor with a finishing time of 20:20 in the 5K, said it was great to see the East Carter program finally host a meet.
“We’ve talked about doing this for a long time, and this one just kind of came together for us,” Dyer said. “This thing just kind of got tossed together at the last minute, but this was a great day to run.”
Ben Napier, who finished second in the boys circuit at 19:52, agreed with his teammate.
“It was great to see other schools come out and run this course today,” Napier said. “It’s not perfect yet, but we have laid the groundwork to start having this thing here each and every year.”
Kady Chaffin, Madison Dyer and Delancey Morse rounded out the top 10 for the Lady Raiders, taking home fifth, sixth and eighth place marks. Megan Suttles, Emilee Boggs, Kristian Jordan and Shayla Henderson rounded out the top 20 for the blue and white.
Maroon and white was also represented in the event, with lone West Carter runner Kaylee Johnson enduring to a 15th-place finish with a time of 24:47.
On the boys’ side, Napier was followed in third by teammate Izak Flannery, crossing the finish line at 20:10.
Headed into the final week of the season, Dyer is predicted by many to grab a first place finish in this week’s regional cross country meet in Maysville.
Dyer said she will try not to pay attention to that and simply focus on running a strong race.
“We want to head up there and just run a strong team race,” Dyer said. “I will continue to do what I have done all season, and not get caught looking ahead.”
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