Yellowjackets repeat as district champs

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, October 11, 2018.
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As the Boyd Yellowjackets lined up for Thursday’s District 7-3A meet, defending champion Connor Richardson looked on from his hospital room in Fort Worth.

Richardson had spent the past several days battling an illness, but his teammates made sure he was still able to watch them defend their title.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“We FaceTImed him throughout the whole race so he could watch us run,” said Connor’s younger brother, Noah. “I was disappointed [Connor couldn’t run], because I’ve been looking forward to [running with him]. I knew I had to run well so we’d be able to run together at regionals.”

With their leading runner, as well as senior Blake Rodgers sidelined, Boyd turned to three freshmen to fill the void.

They delivered.

The Yellowjackets repeated as district champions, taking home the 7-3A crown with a score of 37 points. Boyd’s three freshmen — Noah Richardson, Hunter Bowen and Jayce Raspbury — finished in the top 20.

Noah Richardson took 11th with an 18:45.56. Bowen was 15th, clocking a 19:02.07. Raspbury finished 16th and posted a 19:12.22.

“The unsung hero is all the freshman,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “It mattered today, and they stepped up huge. It just speaks to how hard they worked all summer. All the miles [paid off].”

Peaster’s Brice Hardin, who finished behind Connor Richardson most of the year, won the 7-3A title with a 16:59.70. Gauge Fahlin was Boyd’s top finisher, claiming bronze with a 17:16.09.

Tristan Lemasters and Lucas Loya finished shortly after Fahlin, taking fourth and fifth place.

“We’re out Connor and Blake, so we had to step it up.” Fahlin said. “We told each other we had to run faster and run for them so we could get them to regionals.”

The Yellowjackets beat second-place Peaster by 25 points. It is Boyd’s second league title in the last five years.

“It’s huge, especially to do this shorthanded,” Hernandez said. “We’ve had a nice run the last five years. I’m super proud of this program.”


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