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Yellowjackets bring home 9th in 3A

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Leading the Pack

LEADING THE PACK – Boyd senior Gauge Fahlin gets around two runners. Fahlin turned in Boyd’s top finish, taking 14th. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After claiming the 3A Region I title and repeating as district champions, the Boyd Yellowjackets entered the UIL cross country championships Saturday in Round Rock with lofty expectations.

But on a windy afternoon at Old Settlers Park, Boyd struggled on the 5K course, finishing ninth in Class 3A with 219 points. The Yellowjackets only had one runner – senior Gauge Fahlin – break 17 minutes and place in the top 25.

Eustace took home the 3A crown with 65 points.

“Obviously we didn’t have our best day,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “But I’m still proud of the guys. We’ve had a heck of a season and a heck of a two years.

“We’ve only been [to state] twice ever in the history of our school. To get here back-to-back, win the district and the region is pretty exciting.”

Fahlin said he immediately felt the impact of the gusty breeze, as Boyd’s team began getting separated around the mile marker.

“I would definitely say the wind had an effect, especially on that back stretch there. I could tell it was pretty rough for everybody,” Fahlin said. “Regardless of how we finished, I’m still proud of each and every one of them. They’re all hard workers. I wouldn’t want anyone else on my team. It means a lot to me for my last meet to be the state meet. It means everything to me. It really does.”

Senior Tristan Lemasters was the second Yellowjacket across the finish line, clocking a 17:14.96 for 39th. Freshman Noah Richardson ran a 17:50.27 for 79th, while his brother, Connor, was 92nd with an 18:05.02.

Freshman Hunter Bowen was 108th with an 18:20.04, senior Lucas Loya 121st with an 18:35.92 and Jayce Rasbury 144th with a 19:54.19.

Hernandez thanked his seniors for their work and dedication to the program over the last four years. Boyd’s four seniors – Fahlin, Lemasters, Loya and Connor Richardson – helped the Yellowjackets reach the state meet for the second straight season.

“I love them,” Hernandez said. “They have nothing to hang their heads about. They fought their tails off, and that’s all they can do. Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the other guys out there.”

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