Abingdon's Griff Graves will be back at the Blue Demon Invitational on Saturday looking to improve upon his course record time of 15:47 in 2006. His competition early in the season may be himself in comparision to his 2006 times as he was ahead of schedule last week at Run Fer Da Hills in Bristol, Tennessee with a winning time which was 15 seconds faster than the previous year. However, the Blue Demon Invite will have two top harriers to make it an honest race for Graves with Cave Spring's Tim Smith and Radford's Nathan Brame battling for a second week in a row. Smith picked up a opening win at the Eagle Invite last weekend over Brame. Eagle Invite girls champion Jessica Alley will also be competing as well as Run Fer Da Hills runner-up Maggie Graham of Marion. Jefferson Forest boys are in position to start the year with a second straight invite team title, while the Jefferson Forest girls could make it a team sweep for Coach Loy at Blue Demon.
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