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CHS X-C squads improve in second meet

Posted: September 18, 2012 2:08 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.

After battling through the heat and humidity which greeted them in their season-opening meet at Chapin, the Camden High cross country teams fared much better in last week’s second outings in a ofur-team event hosted by Richland Northeast,.
The Bulldogs took third in the four-team meet which was won by Lugoff-Elgin. In the girls’ portion of the event, led by winner Jordan Woody, the Lady Bulldogs took third behind RNE and Brookland-Cayce.
“Both teams are starting to improve as we start to get into the season,” said CHS girls’ head coach Pam Chickering, who said all CHS runners --- on both teams --- ran their personal best times in the race at Richland Northeast.
In the girls’ meet, RNE led the way with 32 points followed by B-C (48), Camden (53) and L-e (93).
Woody, who was an All-Region 6-AAA runner a year ago, won the 3.1-mile event in a time of 21:59.34, just edging B-C’s Emma Young, who was clocked in 21:59.68.
Camden’s Emily Edgerton was ninth in a time of 24:08.58, followed by teammates Nellie Joseph (12, 25:08.81), Francesca Laschansky (15, 26:03.85) Maggie Wehunt (16, 26:06.71), Heather Woolard (19, 26:33.68), Stephanie Areford (20, 26:34.41), Megan Goodrich (21, 26:35.51) and Abigail McClaughlin (26:45.07).
Clark Joseph was second in the boys’ race behind L-E’s Kyle Miller. Miller ran a 17:17.18 while Joseph stopped the clock at 18:10.63.
L-E won the event with 35 points followed by RNE (42), Camden (56) and B-C (84).
The Bulldogs, coached by Jerry Stokes, are in a rebuilding mode after having lost several pieces of the 2010 and 2011 Region 6-AAA champion to graduation. Joseph, a junior, is the team’s lone returning all-conference runner.
Trey Bucklew, a first-year cross country runner, was eighth for Camden with a 19:38.04. He was followed to the finish by teammates Mackey Cantey (11, 20:07.07), Cody Davis (17, 20:53.04), P.T. Joseph (18, 20:56.54), Larsen David (21, 21:09.52) and Hunt Brunson (24, 21:35.44).
Chickering said that while Camden has moved into the more-competitive Region 4-AAA, which includes perennial state powers such as Chapin, A.C. Flora and Dreher, she believes the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will step up as the competition gets better.
“The region is going to be challenging as Chapin and Dreher have strong running traditions. However, we are looking forward to the challenge and what the runners can achieve,” she said.
“Further, for both (CHS) teams there are several middle school students running as well, which makes the future look bright.”
The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will return to the course on Thursday when they travel to Blythewood for a 5 p.m. meet on Thursday.


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