With the rain --- which caused a one-hour delay --- followed by the heat and humidity, Saturday was hardly the optimal conditions for a cross country race.
Camden’s times from that day’s Coaches Classic at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia reflected the problems created by a soft course and a less than ideal running scenario.
Pam Chickering’s Camden girls’ varsity team finished in 45th place with Megan Goodrich placing 189th out of 360 runners with a time of 24:41. Abby McLaughlin, Caroline Woolard, Heather Woolard, Isabel Estrada, Stephanie Areford and Mary Caston Morgan ran for the Lady Bulldogs. Ashley Hall won the girls’ varsity team title.
The Bulldogs were 34th out of 49 varsity boys’ squad and were led by Garrett Lawson who finished 104th out of 338 runners with a time of 19:38. Others running for Jerry Stokes’ squad were Daniel Gambrell, K.P. Cassidy, Granger Rabon, Jacob Hann, Fritz Marcello and Marquis Engram.
The boys’ varsity title was won by Bishop England High School.
The CHS junior varsity boys’ team placed 32nd out of 41 teams with Ben Battiata being its top finisher. He was followed to the finish line by teammates Matthew Cassidy, Grant Maree, Beau Bailey, Matthew Powlas, Wilson Pope and Thomas Napper.
More than 3,000 runners were present at this invitational run over a course which will host the Lower State and state championships in November.