Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
There were not any smiles on the faces of the Bellefontaine boys cross country team Tuesday after they had finished competing in the Max Evans Invitational.
|FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Ryan Dunn, left, and Storm Harman race at the Max Evans Memorial Tuesday at the Ohio Caverns. LEFT: West Liberty-Salem’s Chris Davis and Ben Logan’s Wyatt Warren near the finish line of the boys race. CENTER: West Liberty-Salem’s Katie Hartsel battles Springfield’s Brianna Frantz in the girls race. RIGHT: Bellefontaine’s Madelyn Levine nears the finish line Tuesday at the Ohio Caverns. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)|
That’s because they did not know they had won the race until long after it was over.
The Chiefs gathered as a group after their race and missed the announcement of team scores.
Minutes later, BHS head coach Ben Davis felt his team may have wanted to know the outcome and walked over to inform his runners they had just won the invitational.
Then the excitement ensued.
“They didn’t hear the results and were so surprised,” said Davis. “To see their faces react the way they did was a treat. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen them be this excited. They did a nice job and I was very pleased with how they ran.”
The Chieftains won 62-72 over second-place Kenton Ridge, while Division III state-ranked squad Columbus Grove settled for third with 77 points.
“It’s taken them longer to get to this point than I had anticipated,” said Davis. “I thought they would be on this level much sooner. This is a group that has worked hard. It has taken the better part of three years to get to this point.
“It is exciting to see how excited the boys are. They are taking ownership of doing the little things. Little things like icing after races and other things that the great runners we’ve had do in the past on their own.”
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