Boyd bids for state return

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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The Boyd Yellowjackets will look to advance to the 3A state meet for the second straight year Monday at the Region I championships at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Boyd defended its district title last week without senior Connor Richardson and will now get its top runner back for the regional championships.

“I feel good about where we’re at,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “We kind of have everyone healthy. Connor is back. The young guys will be stepping up. I think we’re confident.”

The Yellowjackets made history last year, becoming the school’s first team to advance to state. Boyd took third at regionals in 2017. Although Hernandez knows the field will be tough once again, he is confident in his team.

“I think we’re going to have a shot to be in the top 4 and punch our ticket to state,” Hernandez said. “I keep telling the guys, there’s no magic bullet or workout. Everything we did in Colorado and this summer, that’s what’s going to win in the fall. Now is when you win.”

Paradise will also be representing Wise County, as the Panthers took third at the District 7-3A championships.

The 3A boys race will begin at 12:30 p.m.

On the girls side, the District 7-3A champion Paradise Lady Panthers will compete for a shot at state. Senior Kaycee Martin won the 7-3A title and sophomore Jana Messenger took second.

The Boyd Lady Jackets also qualified for regionals for the first time since 2010 behind strong efforts from Mary Miller and Tania Ramirez, who took third and fourth at district.

“I’m so proud of the girls,” Hernandez said. “It was huge for them. If our four and five girls run well, we’ll do well.”

The 3A girls race starts at noon.

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