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L-E harriers sweep county XC meet
The Lugoff Elgin girls cross country team won their second consecutive Kershaw County Championship with a 19-36 victory over Camden Tuesday evening at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. L-E junior Dakota Parker earned Kershaw County Runner of the Year with a time of 21:12 followed by junior teammate Elizabeth Gustafson with a time of 21:43 who made the All-Kershaw County Team as well. The Lady Demons grabbed four out of the top five spots with Eva Hoagland (22:10} in fourth and Sarah Sheorn (22:26) was fifth. Camden seventh-grader Kylee Hunt continued her strong season finishing third overall and earning All-County Honors with a personal record time of 22:04. Abbie Absher finished sixth overall with a time of 22:26 and Hope O'Bradovich (22:50), Kristen Skufca (23:09) and Brooklyn Bowen (23:10) all personal record times and rounding out the top ten. “We ran really well tonight. Six out of our top seven girls had personal records,” said Camden head coach Mark Chickering. “I thought we had a real good chance of winning but I have to hand it to Lugoff-Elgin, they have a really good team. When they came around the first lap I knew we were in trouble. L-E’s two, three, four and five runners all came in and cut significant time off of their season averages.” Chickering said he believes his team will regroup and be recharged when Camden hosts the Region 6-AAA championships at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The girls’ race takes he starter’s gun at 5 p.m. “I think we'll get over this disappointment. Our girls are peaking at the right time which is what we want to do,” he said. “We have two girls on the verge of breaking 22 and three close to breaking 23 (minutes), that should be enough to get us to the state championship meet. “We have the region championship next week and then the state qualifier. We need to focus on ourselves and try and get faster so we can leave no doubt. Seniors Caroline Green (24:07) and Eayden Mortensen (24:01) rounded out the top seven for Camden. Green’s time was a personal record. “It was great to see Caroline finish strong in her last regular-season meet,” Chickering said. “She’s just been great her whole career here. I think she started running in seventh grade and got better every year. She’s a great student and leader on the team. She has a calm presence that keeps the team focused on what they need to be doing. We’re going to miss her next year.” Demons get the win for a West Wateree sweep: Led by Kershaw County Runner of the Year Micah Bills, Lugoff-Elgin won the boys’ portion of the county championship as the Demons edged Camden Military Academy, 31-51. Camden High was third with 56 points with North Central next at 112. Bills, a junior, won the race in making the 3.1-mile trip in 17:49.45. CMA senior Patrick Looney was second with a time of 17:51.40. Camden’s top finisher was sophomore Davis Kinard, who was fifth with a time of 18:30.55 while NC’s top finisher was freshman Jacob Reed, whose time of 19:52.78 was good for 15th place. Bills led the way for five Demons who all placed in the top 10. Matthew Gallagher was third (17:52.91) with teammates William Robertson (18:48.55), Josiah Gustafson (19:03.01) and Brice Whitehouse (19:03.58) coming home in the eighth through 10 finishing spots, respectively. CMA’s Christian Snell (17:56.13) was fourth for John Heflin’s charges with Corbin Spivey (18:38.51) sixth. The Spartans received points from Charlie Duke (23rd, 21:04.09), Tyler Crowdle (28th, 21:16.25) and Jeremiah Palmer (31st, 22:12.67). Following Kinard to the finish for the Bulldogs were Miles Redfearn (seventh, 18:39.89), Hunter McCaskill (13th, 19:23.24), William Hutto (16th, 20:00.47) and Noah Redfearn (18th, 20:13.25). Reed was the top NC finisher. Next best for the Knights were Johnathan Roberts (22:45.92) and Cayden Blankenship (23:03.69) in 36th and 37 spots. Gabriel Reed (40th, 23:20.17) and Kayden Wright (52nd, 26:51.66) rounded out the scoring for the Knights.