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Bulldogs run to second straight Region 4-AAA championship

Posted: October 23, 2017 2:51 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

CAMDEN’S K.P. CASSIDY TRACKS down Indian Land’s Juan Alejandro (903) in the final stretch of last Wednesday’s Region 4-AAA cross country championships held on the grounds of the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

Receiving four top 10 finishes, including Garrett Lawson winning individual honors, the Camden boys’ cross country team won its second consecutive Region 4-AAA championship last Wednesday in the race which was contested at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Bulldogs finished second in the girls’ portion of the event.

As for Jerry Stokes’ Bulldogs, they posted a team score of 23 to easily outdistance Indian Land, which had 50 points. Fairfield Central (61), Columbia 115) and Chester (148) rounded out the finishing order.

Running in cooler temperatures and dry conditions on their home course, all of the top seven varsity members and all but one of the junior varsity members of the Bulldog teams posted either an all-time personal best or a season’s fastest time during the region competition. 

Lawson, a senior, led the way for the Bulldogs with his all-time personal best time of 17:09. Following Lawson to complete the top five for Camden were teammates Sam Messinides (17:35, 2nd place overall), Ben Battiata (18:05, 4th), Grant Maree (18:17, 6th) and K.P. Cassidy (18:49, 10th).  Jacob Hann (19:04, 11th) and Ryan Robles (19:14, 12th) rounded out Camden’s varsity squad. Lawson, Battiata, Maree, Hann and Robles all reached their personal best times, with Messinides and Cassidy running their fastest times of the season. 

Lawson, Messinides, Battiata and Maree ran their way to All-Region 4-AAA honors while Stokes was honored by being named as the named Region 4-AAA Coach of the Year.  

The Lady Bulldogs were unable to catch Indian Land which had four runners finish in the top five to capture the girls’ portion of the meet with 18 points. Camden was next with 42 with Chester third with 84 points. Also participating in the meet were individual runners from Columbia High School and Fairfield Central.  

Senior Julia Keen once again led the Lady Bulldogs with a personal best time of 20:43, good for fourth place finish and All-Region 4-AAA honors. Keen’s new personal best time for the 5K cross country distance set a new Camden High School record, breaking the existing record time of 21:09.  

Senior Heather Woolard, running her personal best time of 22:13, was sixth and earned her All-Region 4-AAA laurels. Rounding out the top five for Camden was Mell Boucher (23:00, 9th place overall), Megan Goodrich (24:02, 11th) and Mckenzie Taylor (25:09, 12th place).  

Boucher ran her personal best time in the region meet with Goodrich and Taylor reaching their season’s fastest times. Varsity teammates Mary Blanks (25:12) and Shikuro Messinides (26:16) also accomplished their personal best times during the girls’ varsity race. 

Camden junior varsity runners who reached their personal best times during the jayvee run were Elizabeth West and Christian Welch.  

Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will travel to Darlington Middle School on Saturday to compete in the AAA Lower State Qualifier.


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