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October 27, 2013

Warner girls edge Boise City for Class 2A title

It wasn’t looking good for the Warner Lady Eagles after four runners at the Class 2A state cross country championships in Shawnee on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles had 52 points to Boise City’s 29 with one runner left on the course for each school. When Warner’s Ally Davis crossed the line in 34th place, adding 25 points to the Lady Eagles’ total to give them 77 for the meet, all Boise City’s Kaylie Crawford had to do was finish 60th or higher to spoil Warner’s dream of a state title.

That didn’t happen as Crawford crossed the line in 62nd place, adding 49 points to Lady Wildcats’ total to put them at 78 points for the meet and giving the Lady Eagles the team title by one point.

“It was very exciting today,” said Warner girls coach Mindi Peters. “I knew that we were neck and neck and that we were really close. And that their last runner would be the difference.”

The meet started off as expected for Warner when freshman Kailey Kilpatrick, who won the 2A regional individual title last weekend, crossed the line in a time of 12:22 pver the 2-mile circuit to win the individual state title, 25 seconds ahead of Boise City’s Autumn Mizer. By the time Warner’s Britney Hammons finished in 17th with a time of 13:20, adding 12 points to the one earned by Kilpatrick, Boise City only had two runners left on the course and only had 14 points on its side of the ledger.

“I was nervous, never having run in a state meet,” Kilpatrick said. “I was just trying to run my hardest and do the best for my teammates. I knew it was going to be very close between us and Boise City.”

After Tristian Williams finished in 21st for the Lady Wildcats, adding 15 points to Boise City’s total, only Crawford was left on the course. Becky Kauffman added 17 points to Warner’s total, finishing in 24th with a time of 13:40, and Becky’s twin sister Jessica hit the tape in 29th at 13:44, setting up the finish between Davis and Crawford. Lessley Davis (14:30) and Baylie Short (15:08.50) finished in 54th and 79th, respectively, for Warner as only the top five runners for each school count towards the team’s total.

“We talked about having their best times and placement and working hard to pass as many girls as we could, “ Peters said. “Because that’s what it was going to come down to, those two things, and we did it.”

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