Last season’s race saw Bolton complete the three-peat as they literally ran away from the field, again, comfortably winning by 26 points over Arlington. The Lady Wildcats only lost one runner from last year’s squad and will make their attempt at number four. However, a week after last year’s Region 7-AAA race, Bolton was bested by the Lady Tigers of Arlington at the state meet. Arlington returns it’s entire squad plus a few additions. Is the tide about to turn? Will 2014 see a different team walk away with the championship plaque? Who will be there other two teams to automatically qualify for state?
Arlington has owned the region 7-AAA meet the past two years, claiming the titles in ’12 and ’13 with scores of 28 and 21 respectively. They will now try, for the first time, to accomplish the “three-peat. The defending champs will not have it easy, since they lost three from last year’s championship squad. Meanwhile, Bartlett has been on the rise and looks to put a stop to Arlington’s run. It’s been 12 years since they last held the title, will this be the group that reclaims it? Who will fill that final spot for the state meet? Bolton and Hardin County could be the deciding factors there, or will another team spoil the party?
Last year, Bolton made sure that there was no doubt who was going to win the Region 7-AAA title, putting their entire top 7 in the top 10, en route to putting up a low winning score of 20 points. It was arguably the best female team performance in region 7-AAA ever. That being said, they lost two of their runners from last year’s squad. Will they reload and run off with another title, or does this open the door for the rest of the field? Regardless, there will be at least five teams looking to secure only three spots to Nashville, this year. Who makes it?
Arlington won big last year, finally breaking the strangle hold Cordova had on the overall title for multiple years. Arlington looks to start a winning trend of their own, as they only lost two runners from last year’s squad. However, Bartlett, Bolton, Cordova, and Hardin County will look to make that task as difficult as possible as it appears that there will be a close five-way battle for three spots in Nashville. Who goes on? Who stays home?
Once again, the Arlington girl’s team claimed the Region 7-AAA title with ease, last year. However, with the loss of four seniors, will the gap be closed and will another team step in? This year, it seems that there will be a close race between four teams for the top three positions and the trip to the state meet. There is no clear-cut favorite.