It’s hard to reach the finish line with your eyes closed, but Ryan Dunn found a way.
ABOVE: West Liberty-Salem’s Reghan Bieleski nears the finish line of the girls race Tuesday at the Logan County meet at Benjamin Logan High School. She won the race in 21:16. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Aaron Dunn works to pull away from West Liberty-Salem’s Joey Adams as they near the finish line of the boys race Tuesday. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)
The Bellefontaine senior closed his eyes and gritted out the last 20 meters of the Kiwanis Logan County cross country meet to edge West Liberty-Salem standout Joey Adams for a dramatic win in the boys race.
Dunn, who was a regional qualifier last season, won in 17:23.2, while Adams, who was part of the Tigers’ state qualifying team last year, took runner-up honors in 17:23.6.
Efforts like that helped the Chieftain boys battle past the Tigers 24-34 to earn county bragging rights and a first-place finish. Bellefontaine put runners in six of the top 10 spots.
“I knew the team race would be close,” said Dunn. “One point could make the difference, so I knew all of our finishes would be important.
“I was expecting a close finish like that. I was hoping I could out-kick him at the end. He is a great runner and knew it would be a tough race.”
Chieftain head coach Ben Davis was elated for his squad to come away with the county title.
“The team did a nice job bringing the county championship back to Bellefontaine,” said BHS head coach Ben Davis. “We talked about their race positions before the meet and they executed wonderfully.
“Mike Louden has done an excellent job preparing his Tiger team. They will be a formidable group to contend with this season. It was a nice win for Ryan too.”
Host Benjamin Logan came in third with 75 points and Indian Lake finished fourth with 120 points. Riverside and Triad did not score as a team.
“Despite finishing second, I was very pleased with the discipline that the boys showed in executing their individual race plans,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden. “It may not have resulted in a win, but it showed the discipline and commitment to the bigger picture for the program.”
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