Decatur sophomore Taylor Clayton pushed through the mud and a wet course to defend his crown at the Assault at Eagle Summit Saturday.
Clayton ran an 18:37 to win the meet laid out on the hilly Decatur High School campus for a second straight year.
“I’ve got to try for the four-peat,” Clayton said.
Clayton crossed the finish line without another runner in sight. He lost his nearest competitor from Alvarado after the first mile.
He just continued to push through the hills by himself.
“This is just like the Lubbock course,” Clayton said.
His time was by far the slowest of the season, but he was not concerned.
“The girls were about a minute and half off because of the course and mud,” Clayton said. “I’m not really looking at times, but placing.”
Michael Smyers finished fourth in 19:41.