Clinton High finished 9th in the state at the Class 3A Cross Country Championships, matching the best finish ever by the program.
This time the Red Devils, who were also 9th in 2012, missed 8th place by a single point to Daniel.
Bishop England won the state title with 75 points, followed by Pendleton (105), Wren (113), Waccamaw (143), Powdersville (154), Seneca (159), Academic Magnet (200), Daniel (245), Clinton (246) and Blue Ridge (246).
Charlie Cody finished in 34th place, leading Clinton with a time of 18:32. William Reid was 41st at 18:40. Hayden Stinson was 59th (19:14), Hayden Miner 60th (19:15), Gage Dominick 62nd (19:18), Keenan Dominick 73rd (19:37) and Joey Ardelt 74th (19:39).
“We are extremely proud of the work this team has put in since May.
Miner, Ardelt and Campbell Atkinson were the team’s three seniors.
By finishing 13th, the Clinton girls turned in their best state cross country finish ever. Elizabeth Reid, who finished 9th at 20:37, became the Red Devils’ 1st all-state runner in girls’ cross country.
Dorothy Trent finished in 77th place with a time of 24:24, Junia Nolan was 83rd at 24:54, Erin Donley 95th at 25:27, Danielle Trent 101st at 25:50, Ada Tiller 105th at 26:25 and Gemma Gearheart 109th at 27:08.
Dorothy Trent is the team’s only senior.
The top five teams were, in order, Waccamaw (67), Daniel (73), Bishop England (92), Pendleton (143) and Wren (171).
Clinton’s team score was 347.
Though no score was recorded, Clinton played five 10-minute “quarters” – perhaps “periods” would be better – against Brashier Middle College, reset the score for each and, according to girls’ basketball coach John Gardner, “won each handily” at the Red Devils’ gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Two significant players – Payton Price-Walker and Asia Boyd – are readying for the competitive-cheer state championships on Saturday, so Gardner made do with 11 players and said he “saw good things out of them all.”
While Gardner said the Red Devils needed work on defense, he added, “I love the pace we are playing at.”
Once again, advance purchase is required for Clinton fans to attend Friday night’s Class 3A quarterfinal football game at Daniel High School in Central.
All tickets must be purchased online. No tickets will be sold at the gate.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Visiting fans need to follow the walkway around the stadium to the visitor’s entrance. For security and safety reasons, individuals who enter on the home side will not be allowed to walk the track to the visitors’ stands. Fans are not allowed on the field after games.
Clinton qualified for the 3A state championships in competitive cheer by finishing in the top 16 at the Upstate competition the Red Devils hosted.
The finals are at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Saturday. Clinton takes to the mat at 11:17 a.m.
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased in advance or at the Colonial Life box office, though by cash only. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket if they are held in the lap.
A clear-bag policy will be in effect. Parking is $10 in lots adjacent to the arena. Masks are required for entry.