Boys Cross Country Competes At Semi-State

Posted on October 22, 2017 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports

by Scott Hunt

While Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner knew his young Golden Eagles team had a very slim chance to move on from semistate, there was a thought that sophomore Tahj Johnson could make a run at an individual qualifying spot.
But like two weeks ago in the sectional, Johnson was unable to finish the 5K race, raising even more concerns for Brunner about Johnson.
“Obviously we’ve got to get Tahj figured out. He’s got a lot more to worry about than just cross country in terms of athletics or life in general,” said Brunner. “He’s got something there that’s not right that we’re going to have to get taken care of and put him in a position where health becomes a priority.”
The Golden Eagles finished 19th as a team, scoring 487 points. Without Johnson, sophomore Raffi Fry led Oak Hill finishing 110th (scored 79th) with sophomore’s Macallister Cheek (117th, scored 84th) and Danny Nally (135th, scored 100th) finishing as the second and third runners for the Golden Eagles.
Brunner hopes his young team can take the experience from Saturday and build itself into a position as a possible state qualifier over the next two seasons.
“Using the eyeball test, I didn’t think our boys ran that bad. I thought we competed better than we did at regional,” Brunner said. “Again we ran without Dillon (Mitchell) all year and still made it here as the lone county team. We were county and conference champs and put they themselves in a position to compete today. Hopefully with everybody coming back it works as some motivation.”

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