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SV girls slosh way to victory

Posted: October 12, 2017 11:40 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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SOMEWHERE TO RUN, NOWHERE TO HIDE: The field of runners in Tuesday’s girls’ cross country meet at Lugoff-Elgin take to the course in the middle of a driving rain storm.

It was almost as if the starting gun fired to begin Tuesday’s girls’ cross country meet at Lugoff-Elgin triggered a downpour.

In a race run in a driving rain, Spring Valley placed four runners in the top seven to come away with the win over a field of six teams. The boys’ race was scratched due to lightning.

As for the girls, SV won the race with 26 points followed by Camden (49), the host Lady Demons (88) with Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate (100), L-E’s Region 6-4A colleague, Darlington (105) and Gray Collegiate (190) rounding out the field.

“As the starting gun was fired, the rain picked up tremendously,” said L-E boys’ coach Matt Spolski. “The girls raced through the trail in the woods and around the L-E campus embracing the now cool weather instead of the humidity.” 

Diana Gleaton (23:59) was the first Lady Demon to the finish line and came in seventh. One spot behind her was teammate Olivia Robertson (24:54).  Alicia Werden (27:08), Ashley Smith (27:43), Julie Hunter (28:17), Cameron Johnson (29:41) and Sarah Quinlan (31:14) also ran for the hostesses.

“Despite the wet conditions, I was glad to see the grit and determination of our girls,” said Lady Demon head coach Matt Mendelssohn. “They powered through adversity and gave a lot of heart out there.”

Camden took third and fourth places in the race with  seniors Julia Keen (23:10) and Heather Woolard (23:17) following each other to the finish line. Mell Boucher (25:19) was 11th while teammate Megan Goodrich (26:02) came in 16th. Mary Blanks finished 20th for the Lady Bulldogs in a time of 26:31.

Both L-E and Camden will be in conference championship meets next week. 

The Demons and Lady Demons will travel to Darlington Middle School next Tuesday for the Region 6-4A meet. The boys race will start at 5 p.m. with the girls race to follow. 

Next Wednesday, Camden will host the Region 4-AAA meet at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The meet is listed for a 5:30 p.m. start.

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