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Bryant continues rebound

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Boo Bryant, 28, won the Summer Sizzler 5K at River Legacy Park in Arlington on July 28 with a 16:28. It was another step in Bryant's attempt to rejoin some of his former high school competitors, such as Clint Bell and Andrew Cook, at the front of the road-racing pack in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

He said his first goal, though, is to dip under 16 minutes for the 3.1-mile distance. And remember his 14:23 winning effort on July 21 at the Too Hot To Handle in Dallas doesn't count because the motorcycle policemen leading the runners turned around too early on the out-and-back course at White Rock Lake.

Bryant, a Plano East graduate and who went to West Point for two years, said he basically is at the beginning of his effort to regain the form that had him among the top runners in high school. He obtained his degree from the University of Dallas in the spring and is now working on his masters as he attempts to master the roads again.

He also has discarded a cigarette habit he began after high school, a vice he attributed to youth and probably trying to be cool.

Part of his recent training is trying to hone his conditioning and he'll run in his third consecutive race at the Two White Dogs 5K on Aug. 5 in Dallas. Bryant said won't start pointing toward any big-race goals until that 5K time gets faster.

In the women's division at the Summer Sizzler, Megan Williams, teenager from Waxahachie, won in 20:20.