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Eagle runners shine at regionals

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It was a dominating performance for the Decatur Eagles Saturday, easily taking the Class 3A Region II Cross Country Meet. Decatur advances to the state meet in Round Rock Saturday at Old Settler’s Park. The Class 3A boys are scheduled to run at noon.

The Eagles took the region title with 31 points, as Decatur runners captured five of the top-ten spots. Kaufman finished second with 56, and Sanger was third with 71.

“Just like district, they were very business-like today,” Decatur coach David Park said. “I was proud of all seven of them, and I was glad to be their coach today.”

Taylor Clayton took second overall to lead the way for the Eagles, finishing in 16:12.

Sanger’s Jacob Perry captured first place with a time of 15:50.

Clayton felt a fast start cost him.

“I went out too fast, letting a kid beat me that I probably shouldn’t have let beat me,” he said.

The Smyers twins had a tremendous day as both finished in the top six. Michael placed fourth in 16:25, and Daniel was sixth in 16:37.

Austin Poole placed ninth in 16:51.

Travis Kyle was Decatur’s fifth runner to cross the finish line, in 10th with a time of 16:51.

Brandon Rivera finished 24th in 17:57, and Tyler Wilson ran 18:01 for 27th.

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