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Lawson and Bulldogs both fourth in Pee Dee Classic

CMA harriers finish 14th in Pee Dee Classic

Posted: September 25, 2017 3:50 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Derek Lawson/

CAMDEN JUNIOR SAM MESSINIDES finishes strong at Saturday’s Pee Dee Classic held in Florence.

Led by a fourth-place finish from senior Garrett Lawson, the Camden boys’ cross country team finished fourth in a rugged field of 18 teams at Saturday’s Pee Dee Classic Cross Country Invitational hosted by West Florence and South Florence high schools. 

Running in that day’s combination of heat and humidity, the Bulldogs finished with 139 points, trailing only champion Waccamaw (40), Darlington (108) and Carolina Forest (125).

Lawson finished the 3.1-mile run with a time of 17:35.  Sam Messinides (18:22), Jacob Hann (19:25), Ben Battiata (19:33), and K.P. Cassidy (19:51) completed the top five for the Bulldogs.  The flat, fast course at Freedom Park helped both Ben Battiata (19.33) and Ryan Robles (20:01) achieve their fastest times so far this season, while Hann, a sophomore, ran his personal best cross country time.

The Camden Military Academy cross country team finished in 14th place in the Pee Dee Classic with 328 points.

Leading the way for John Heflin’s Spartans was Yohann Offredo whose time of 20:05 was good for 56th place. Following him were CMA teammates Jackson Campbell (20:17), John Dagrin (20:51), Sammy Lawing (20:54) and Austin King (21:16.)

The Spartans opened their season by finishing fourth in a 10-team meet hosted by Wilson Hall on Sept. 20.

Lawing was the quickest CMA finisher as he took third in the meet with a time of 18:29.Dagrin (18:41) was ninth with Offredo (20:06) 26th. Campbell (20:19) and King (20:46) finished 29th and 30th, respectively.

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