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Boyd cross country finishes strong
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Clay Akers

Members of the Boyd Christian School cross country team dashed their way to the finish of a successful season Monday in Nashville.

The Boyd runners competed in the TSIAA Championships at The Hermitage in races that included high school and middle school runners.

Bryant Ralph was a medalist for Boyd. He captured a 16th-place finish in the boys middle school division with a time of 13:23 in the two-mile race. That time set a new personal best for him by 1:30.

“Something lit a fire under him and he definitely brought it for that race,” said Boyd coach Mickey Ralph Jr. “He pushed himself for sure and I know it probably helped that it was a little bit cooler on Monday.”

Clay Akers of Boyd finished the race in 15:48, a new personal best.

The middle school boys division was won by Luke Troutt of Davidson Academy in 11:30.

In the middle school girls category, Cydney Jane Perry was the top finisher for the Lady Broncos with a time of 16:09. Brit Ralph of Boyd finished in 18:38.

The race was won by Ashley Torr of Davidson Academy in 13:10.

In high school competition, the race increases to a 5K course. Connor Andrews was the top finisher for Boyd in 25:33. That was a new personal best for him.

The race was won by Spencer Libby of Dickson Christian Academy who finished in 16:48.

There were no Boyd runners in the high school girls division.

“It was a very successful season,” said coach Ralph. “We moved into a much larger division that was highly competitive and had a number of tough Nashville schools in it.”

The team practiced about three times a week and did a mixture of longer runs and 30-second sprints. Runners were also encouraged to run at home when there wasn’t practice.

“They got to enjoy the fruit of their hard work and see their times improve throughout the season,” said coach Ralph. “It’s excruciatingly hot in August and they were out there running in the heat to get better.”