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Lawson runs to All-State honors; Dogs finish ninth in Saturday’s AAA meet

Posted: November 9, 2017 9:06 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Derek Lawson/

CAMDEN SENIOR GARRETT LAWSON holds up his All-State certificate after finishing 11th in Saturday’s AAA state cross country championship meet.

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Garrett Lawson became the first runner in the history of the Camden High School cross country program to earn All-State honors as he helped lead the Bulldogs to a ninth place finish in Saturday’s South Carolina High School League’s  AAA State Championship Meet held at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.  

Before the boys’ race, the Lady Bulldogs finished 19th in the state in class AAA.

Lawson, a senior, posted a team-best time of 17:13, which was good for 11th place overall which earned him All-State accolades. Only the top 15 runners from each championship meet qualified for All-State honors. 

On a day in which runners, once again, battled the heat and humidity which has been hanging on since the beginning of the season, the Camden boys posted a team average time of 18:27 as Jerry Stokes’ Bulldogs fought hard to place ninth in the state in a strong field of competition among the state’s top 20 AAA teams. 

Lawson led the Bulldogs to their top-10 finish with his aforementioned time of 17:13. Following Lawson to complete the top seven for Camden were teammates Sam Messinides (18:18, 45th overall), Ben Battiata (18:45, 63rd overall), K.P. Cassidy (18:59, 71st overall), Jacob Hann (19:00, 72nd overall), Grant Maree (19:13, 83rd) and Ryan Robles (19:33, 95th overall).  

For the Bulldogs, Saturday marked their second consecutive top-10 finish in the AAA state meet.

Earlier in the day, Mark Chickering’s Lady Bulldogs competed among the state’s top 20 AAA girls’ teams which included more than 140 runners representing all regions of South Carolina.  

Senior Julia Keen led CHS to its 19th place finish with a time of 22:58, good for 53rd overall.  Coming in behind Keen were teammates Heather Woolard (23:44, 68th overall), Mary Blanks (25:04, 107th overall), Megan Goodrich (27:14, 132nd overall), McKenzie Taylor (27:20, 134th overall), Shikuro Messinides (28:00, 137th overall) and Elizabeth West (28:07, 138th overall). 

Reaching her personal best cross country time on the course at Clemson’s Sandhills Research Center was Lady Bulldog seventh-grader Elizabeth West.  

The Lady Bulldogs’ appearance in the state meet was their fifth consecutive trip to the event.

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