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Pelion spoils L-E homecoming

Demons christen their new cross-country course

Posted: October 5, 2017 10:19 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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L-E RUNNERS PACK at the start of the race cross over the new bridge constructed by the cross country team. Demon runners include, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Zander Harding, Ewan Fleck, Dylan Whitehouse, Curtis Farlett and Patrick Koeppen.

It has been a long time since Lugoff-Elgin hosted a cross country meet. That drought ended Tuesday as the Demons and Lady Demons welcomed six other programs to the West Wateree.

In the end, Pelion swept both the boys’ and girls’ races followed by Camden, in both instances. L-E was fourth in both.

“I’ve been employed at L-E since 2012 and I know there wasn’t a meet since then. And it’s safe to say there wasn’t a meet at L-E anytime close to 2012, either,” said L-E head boys’ coach Matt Spolski.

In the boys’ division, Pelion led the way with 31 points and was followed by Camden (40), Richland Northeast (95), L-E (98), Westwood (98) and Lakewood with 161.

The victorious Panthers had the top two finishers led by Stanley Chandler, who ran the 5k layout in a time of 17:32. Camden’s Garrett Lawson (17:51) and Sam Messinides (17:58) finished third and fourth, respectively. The fastest finisher for the hosts was Jeremy Campbell, whose time of 19:18 was good for 13th.

After Campbell, the next six Demon finishers and their times were Dylan Whitehouse (19:49), Curtis Farlett (20:55), Patrick Koeppen (20:57), Ewan Fleck (21:23), Zach Koeppen (22:02), and Zander Harding (22:33). 

Camden’s Ben Battiata (18:56), Grant Maree (18:59) and K.P. Cassidy followed each other home in 10th, 11th and 12th place, respectively. The Bulldogs’ Jacob Hann was 15th in a time of 19:32.

Pelion won the girls’ side of the meet with 36 points to edge Camden, which received a first-place finish from senior Julia Keen, with 41 points. Westwood was third with 69 points followed by the Lady Demons (73) and Lakewood (155).

Keen won the 3.1 mile race with a final time of 22:28.

The Lady Demons placed two runners in the top 10. Diana Gleaton (23:37) was fifth while teammate Olivia Robertson (24:07) came home in seventh. Rounding out the top seven L-E girls were Alicia Werden (27:49), Julie Hunter (28:10), Ashley Smith (28:18), Sarah Quinlan (28:56), and Anna Smith (29:28). 

 “I’m proud of the girls’ effort and hard work,” said Lady Demons’ head coach Matt Mendelssohn. “It’s great to see all of them improving this season and we’re looking forward to regionals in the next few weeks.”

After Keen, Camden’s scoring was received from Heather Woolard (24:01), Mell Boucher (24:40), Megan Goodrich (25:06) and Mary Blanks (26:18).

Spolski said Tuesday’s home meet was another positive step for the L-E cross country program.

“It was great to host a meet for our teams and our school,” he said. “We worked tremendously hard to blaze a new trail in the woods and to construct a bridge to create a more off-road course to bring a true cross country feel. The runners ran hard and I like where we placed among our state-qualifying competition.”

The Demons and Lady Demons will head to Charlotte on Saturday to compete in the Wendy’s Invitational. Next Tuesday, L-E will host its second and last home meet of the season versus Region 6-4A rival Darlington. Camden, Spring Valley, Gray Collegiate, Trinity and Byrnes will compete, as well. 


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