Nelson, Pioneers win boys race at Clash

Luke Nelson, a senior, ran in one of the last races of Watauga's Clash of the Classes meet held Saturday.
Nelson ran a time that was worth waiting for. He finished with a time of 10 minutes, 48 seconds, which was the fastest of any runner at the event. He helped Watauga's boys team win the event, which pitted runners against each other according to their graduation class.
"He ran very well," said Watauga coach Randy McDonough. "It was the same course that we ran on in the scrimmage and a little was added to it because we had to move the finish line. Even then, Luke ran a better time."
Nelson got help from sophomore Will Barbour and juniors Jordan Trivette and Zeb Sanders. Barbour ran the sixth overall fastest time, an 11:14, which was third in his class.
Trivette was the second junior to cross the finish line and had the seventh best overall time, which was 11:25. With his time of 11:29, Sanders was the third fastest junior and seventh fastest runner overall.
Konrad Kosmala was the fastest Watauga freshman. He finished with a time of 12:31, which was good for fifth in his class. Sophomore Wesley Templeton was second among his class with a time of 12:07.
In the girls' race, Dolly Dollars led Watauga to a second place finish by winning the junior class race. Dollars finished second overall with a time of 13:12.
"She won her race and ran very well," McDonough said.
Sophomore Bridgette McLean was second in her class and eighth overall with a time of 14:00. Ruth Smith was third overall for Watauga, having run a 14:24. She took fourth among sophomores.
Elisabeth Freeman was Watauga's first senior to cross the finish line. She finished with a time of 14:49 and was eighth among her class. Amanda Carringer was the first freshman to finish, having finished second in her class. She turned in a time of 14:40.
Annie Fuller was the first Watauga junior to finish, having run the course in 15:14. She was sixth among juniors.