Closing out its home season with a pair of second-place finishes in a meet held at Historic Camden on Wednesday, the Camden High cross country teams can now shift their sights toward the final regular season meet and then, the Region 4-AAA meet in Chapin on Oct. 22.
The Lady Bulldogs finished second behind a powerful Chapin entry, 16-47. Richland Northeast rounded out the tri-meet with 84 points.
Chapin made it a clean sweep by winning the boys’ portion of the event with 20 points. The host Bulldogs were next with 44 followed by Richland Northeast (76) and Lower Richland (108).
The Chapin girls ran off with the first four places in the 3.1-mile meet with Camden freshman Stephanie Areford coming in fourth with a time of 22:23. The Lady Bulldogs took places nine through 13. In order, the finishers in those slots and their times were: Megan Goodrich (23:31), Heather Woolard (23:41), Caroline Woolard (24:34), Mary Caston Morgan (24:44) and Abby McLaughlin (24:47). Camden’s Isabel Estrada came in 15th for Pam Chickering’s squad with a time of 26:16.
The Lady Bulldog runners all wore pink shoelaces and pink ribbons to support breast cancer awareness month.
Chapin went 1-2-3 to win the boys’ meet with Camden’s best finisher being freshman Garrett Lawson, whose time of 18:43 was good for fourth place.
The Bulldogs’ Daniel Gambrell (19:26) was seventh while K.P. Cassidy (19:47) and Parker Robinson (19:48) finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Ben Battiata (20:16) came in 14th for Jerry Stokes’ runners. Jacob Hann (20:29) and Grant Maree (21:03) came in 16th and 18th place, respectively.
“Our times were OK, as our course is slower than most because of the sand and nature trail can cause more focus so that can slow runners down a little,” Chickering said of the slower-than-normal final times. “Even top Chapin runners were running slower times compared to what they had done during the season. It was also a little hotter than normal this time of year.
“Again, it was great preparation for the upcoming region meet.”