The Duncan Banner

October 20, 2013

Outlaws Reach State

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

VELMA — Another race, another dominating win for Marlow cross country runner Nathan Crowson. The only surprise was his female teammate Rylee Rich not on top of the scoreboard also.

Rich struggled in Saturday’s Class 3A regional, but still managed to lead her team with a third-place finish. The team finished second, just 12 points back from Marietta, even though one of the runners did not finish. Still, with the boys dominating their race, both teams qualified for the state race. That was really the only goal coach Mikey Eaves had for the team as it entered the regional competition.

“Our ultimate goal is next week obviously,” Eaves said after the boys race concluded. “(Rylee) will get past it. She’ll be fine. She has a heart of a champion, just like Nathan.”

That personality trait was on display as no competitor was within seeing distance when Crowson crossed the finish line. To win by that margin was a little unexpected for the Marlow runner, because Eaves had an intense practice regimen this week.

“We had a hard week in practice, but I felt pretty fresh running through all of it,” Crowson said. “My time means a lot to me, because I ran 50 seconds faster than I ran last time we came here. It was good to come back and redeem that last run I had at this course.”