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Flora boys, Chapin girls win XC meet in Camden

Posted: October 5, 2013 1:45 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Facing a veritable “who’s who” of AAA cross country programs, the Camden girls finished fifth in a seven-team meet held Wednesday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.
Chapin won the event with 32 points followed, in order, by River Bluff (35), A.C. Flora (74), Dreher (126), Camden (142), Hartsville (169) and Westwood (192).
Susannah Cate of A.C. Flora won the race with a time of 20:12. Camden’s top finisher was senior Jordan Woody, who took time from her duties as the Bulldogs’ kicker, to come home in 23rd place with a clocking of 23:10.
Camden’s Stephanie Areford finished 26th in a time of 24:00. The Lady Bulldogs took the 30th through 32nd spots with Abigail McLaughlin (24:39), Megan Goodrich (24:51) and Caroline Woodward (25:03) following each other to the finish line for Pam Chickering’s squad
“It was a tough meet as the top teams in 3A were in attendance; Flora, Chapin and Dreher,” Chickering said of a race which was run with temperature in the upper 80s.
“However, even with tough competition, we had five girls earn personal bests of the season and we were able to beat a couple of the teams, Hartsville and Westwood. We still have some work to do before lower state to qualify for state, but the outlook is promising as the girls times are dropping.
“With Jordan (Woody) back on the team, we have a greater chance as she is our top finisher for the girl’s team and will help us in the qualifying.”
In the boys’ race, Camden finished sixth while marking the return of its top runner, Clark Joseph, who had been out while battling a case of mono.
A.C. Flora won the division with 48 points, besting Region 4-AAA rival Chapin, which was second with 60 points. Westwood (69), Dreher (103), Hartsville (114), Camden High (135), River Bluff (184) and the Camden Military Academy (233) rounded out the field.
Hartsville’s Luke Valle was the quickest finisher, making his way through the 3.1-mile layout in a time of 17:16.
Camden’s Parker Robinson led the Bulldogs with a 19th place finish in a clocking of 19:39. The Bulldogs had four runners finish from 26th to 31st. Garrett Lawson (20:11) was 26th with K.P. Cassidy (20:7), Josh Thomas (20:36) and Joseph (20:45) coming home in the 29th through 31st spots, respectively, for Jerry Stokes’ harriers.
“Clark (Joseph) returned from having mono and will have to continue to build himself back into shape where he was last year at this time,” Chickering said of the Bulldogs. “Parker (Robinson) has been very strong all year, and he is a great newcomer to the team, as well as Josh Thomas, K.P. Cassidy, and Caid Cokley. Garrett Lawson has really come on strong this year, after a year under his belt.
“The boys are looking strong, but, again, still have work to do in preparation for region and lower state, as their goal is to return to the state championships after missing out last year. “
CMA’s top finisher was Gabe Fort, who ran a 21:16 to finish 37th. Max Zaslower (22:07) was 44th while Jacob McGuire (22:17) came in 47th place for John Heflin’s runners. Simon Falk (24:20) and Hai Hoang (25:13) were 52nd and 53rd, respectively.
CHS jayvees have solid day: In the junior varsity division of Wednesday’s meet, Camden’s Nellie Joseph led the Lady Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish as her final time of 26:14 was good for 15th place.
River Bluff took the meet with 21 points while CHS had 123.
Francesca Laschanzky was 18th for the Lady Bulldogs in a time of 26:20. She was followed to the line by teammates Riley Ellis (27th, 26:59), Shikuro Messenides (30th, 27:53) and Margaret Lackey (33rd, 28:29)
The Camden boys’ junior varsity team finished third behind meet winner Chapin (24 points) and A.C. Flora (31) with 88 points.
Jacob McGowen ran a 22:8 which was good for 13th place. Hunt Brunson ran a 22:30, good for 15th while Brice Nichols (22:33) was 17th. Pavlos Patoulas (23:54) and Spencer Hann (23:57) followed each other home as they finished in 21st and 22nd place, respectively.

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