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Colleton County, Westwood win Battle of Camden meet

Posted: August 27, 2018 2:04 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Colleton County and Westwood ran to the girls’ and boys’ championships, respectively, in Saturday’s inaugural Canal Wood Battle of Camden Cross Country Invitational at Historic Camden.

Colleton County’s girls finished with 38 points. Camden was fourth with 96 followed by Lugoff-Elgin with 120 points.

Alaina Monaco from White Knoll was the overall winner in a time of 22:33. L-E’s Olivia Robertson was sixth overall at 23:16. Camden’s Mary Blanks was ninth with a personal record time of 23. Teammate McKenzie Taylor set a new personal mark of 24:44 while finishing 15th while Mell Boucher was 19th at 25:41.

“The girls did well,” said Camden head coach Mark Chickering. “We graduated three of our top five runners from last season with two of those running in college right now, so some of our younger runners had to really step up. 

“Overall, I was pleased with our times. The girls ran hard and I am proud of their effort.”

Westwood won the boys’ portion of the event with 30 points. L-E was third with 59 with Camden coming home in eighth with 209 points.

Westwood’s Paul McCants was the overall winner with a time of 17:14, White Knoll’s Nathaniel Wilburn was second (18:33) and North Central’s Cameron Hoffman was third overall at 18:44.

L-E’s Jeremiah Campbell finished eighth at 19:27 followed by teammates Evan Stewart (10th, 19:37),  Dylan Whitehouse (12th, 19:47) and Jason McIntyre, 19th at 20:32.

Camden’s top finisher was Caleb Cahn, who finished 33rd with a personal best time of 22:19. “Our boys’ team was missing their top five runners due to the SAT, injuries, and family trips so our jayvee runners stepped in and did an excellent job. This was a great experience for them to be able to compete and score in an actual varsity meet,” Chickering said.

“This was our inaugural Battle of Camden Invitational and we were lucky to have great weather and competition,” Chickering added. “We had some really good teams here and made the event a great success. Historic Camden is a great cross country venue and teams love to run here.”

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