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Camden girls run to victory

Posted: October 8, 2018 4:07 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Using top nine finishes from their top five finishers, the Camden High girls’ cross country team won a five-team home meet last Wednesday while the CHS boys finished seconds behind Fairfield Central to take second place in the nightcap.

The Lady Bulldogs breezed past Great Falls, 23-60, to win the meet. Columbia (83), Brookland-Cayce (84) and Chester (118) rounded out the field.

Camden’s Mary-Ashton Blanks was second overall in time of 24:35. Teammate Mell Blanks (26:13) was third. Camden’s Eleni Patoulas (27:40) came in sixth with McKenzie Taylor (27:50) and Dayton Jeffcoat (27:55) finishing in seventh and ninth place, respectively.

“It was another hot day. We’re hoping that it will cool off soon,” said CHS head coach Mark Chickering. “With the sun and heat, I thought we performed pretty well. Our girls are really starting to get faster. It’s becoming much more clear who our top seven are going to be heading into the region meet next week. It’s our third win of season, but we need to focus on getting faster. If we want to make the state meet, we still have work to do.”

FC won the boys meet with 40 points with Camden next at 41 in the field of seven.

The Bulldogs’ Sam Messinides was overall in 18:56. Grant Maree (19:27) was fifth with teammate Ben Battiata ninth in a time of 20:29.

“For the boys,” Chickering said, “it was a tough loss to Fairfield Central. It literally came down to two seconds that divided us and them; it was that close. Their program has come a long way in a short amount of time. 

“The boys have their work cut out for them in the region with Indian Land and Fairfield Central both being strong. It should be interesting at the region meet.”

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