Twins William and Elizabeth Reid qualified for the state cross country meet as representatives of Clinton High School. Neither Red Devil team qualified, though the boys finished 7th and the girls 8th in the qualifying meets on Friday
The Bishop England boys finished first with 37 points, followed by Pendleton (62), Academic Magnet (110), Hanahan (117), Powdersville (130), Seneca (134), Clinton (151), Emerald (241), Mid-Carolina (264), Chapman (266), Aynor (296) and Swansea (324).
William Reid, an 8th grader, set a new personal best time, posting a 17:28 and placing him 15th overall to qualify for the state meet.
Joey Ardelt, a junior, finished 29th at 18:14, which qualified him individually for the State Meet next Thursday, freshman Daniel Wyatt was 30th at 18:21, junior Hayden Miner was 37th at 18:40, sophomore Keenan Dominick 40th at 18:51 and sophomore Connor Donley 50th at 19:19.
“I’m very proud of the team’s effort today and throughout the season,” coach Lee Atkinso said. “I hate that they did not qualify, but that does not detract from the total success of this season.”
Daniel won the girls’ team competition with 46 points, followed by Waccamaw (53), Academic Magnet (97), Wren (125), Woodruff (137), Powdersville (138), Oceanside Collegiate (183), Clinton (219), Chapman (249), Gilbert (263), Fox Creek (296) and Camden (307).
Elizabeth Reid, an 8th grader, set a new personal best time, posting a 20:36 and finishing 8th overall to qualify to Thursday’s state meet.
Dorothy Trent, a junior, was next for Clinton, 41st at 23:06, while another 8th grader, Erin Donley, was 54th at 24:06 and sophomore Hope Conaway ws 55th at 24:08.
“I’m very pleased with the progress of the girls’ team,” Atkinson said. “We are still young overall, and I believe that we have a bright future.”
Laurens High senior Anna Gray Rowland wrapped up her career by becoming the girls’ golfer to represent the Raiders at the state tournament since 2009.
The all-region player tied for 45th at The Shipyard Golf Club on Hilton Head Island with rounds of 98 and 97.
May River was the team champion, and A.C. Flora’s Gracie McCoy won the individual championship.
Basketball practices began throughout the state on Monday, based on regulations and recommendations set by the S.C. High School League last week.
The boys’ and girls’ seasons begin on Nov. 30, with the playoffs commencing on Feb. 15. The league mandated two days between contest (also in wrestling), with the playoffs cut from five rounds to four.