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October 8, 2013

Depth gets Outlaw boys second at Velma meet

MARLOW — At the Velma-Alma Invitational last Tuesday, Marlow boys cross country again proved it has the best top to bottom roster in the 3A division.

This depth helped the Outlaws achieve a second-place overall finish at the meet. The only team that finished ahead of Marlow was Duncan, which competes two divisions higher in 5A. Junior Nathan Crowson, senior Chris Davis and freshman Ethan Blanchfield all finished in the top 11 for Marlow.

“One of the biggest strengths on our boys team was just having numbers,” coach Mikey Eaves said. “I have 17 total boys that run, and the competition every week is someone’s trying to earn that spot. To have three kids in the top 11, you can’t ask for anything better. It shows that they are working and continuing to get better.”

On the girls side, sophomore Rylee Rich ran another strong race but was a little unhappy with her time of 12:40. Eaves reassured her of all the progress she has made since she was a freshman, pointing out that time is 40 seconds better than where she was at one year ago.

“I’m pleased with her effort,” Eaves said. “It was a tough day for our team. Rylee stepped up, though, and did what she does.”

Rich’s performance led the girls team to a third overall performance, but the Outlaws were way behind Marietta for second place. Plainview ran away with the girls portion of the meet, winning by more than 60 points as it placed five runners in the top 10.

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