The South Pointe girls and Rock Hill boys took top honors in the Region 3-AAAA cross country meet Thursday afternoon at Northwestern High School.
In the girls division, Rock Hill was second, with Fort Mill third and Northwestern fourth. Clover finished fifth, followed by Lancaster in sixth, Nation Ford seventh and York eighth.
Victoria Burdette of South Pointe finished first in the girls race with a time of 19:24.63 on the 5-kilometer course. It was an improvement of two positions from Saturdays York County Meet on the same course.
I paced myself today, Burdette said. I hung in there at the beginning and then moved up. Once I got in first place, I never gave it up. I am very proud of my teammates today. It was a total team effort.
South Pointe runners finished first, fourth and sixth. That was the key to winning the region title.
I am very proud of these girls today, said coach Jim Koterba. This should give us some confidence for the rest of the year. This was a total team effort today.
In the boys race, Fort Mill was second, with Nation Ford and Northwestern rounding out the top four. South Pointe finished fifth, with Clover sixth, Lancaster seventh and York eighth.
Cameron Ruppe of Rock Hill won in the boys division in a time of 16:11.28. He won the York County Meet on Saturday but improved on his time by 10 seconds.
I went out early today, Ruppe said. I was just barely in front after about one mile, and then I made my move. By the time I reached the two-mile mark, I felt very good, and I stayed in first place the rest of the way.
Rock Hill finished first, third and 10th. Getting two of the top three spots was the key to winning the region.
We have worked hard for this all year, said Rock Hill coach Lu Reeves. We have shown improvement as the year has gone along. I expect this team to do well going forward this year.
Northwestern cross country coach Calvin Hudgins was the director of the meet, and he was pleased with the way everything went.
We had great weather today and some good racing, said Hudgins. We have a lot of support with our cross country program, and that made it easier to get everything ready.
The top 10 runners in each division were named to the All-Region team. All eight teams will advance to state qualifiying meets on Saturday.
1. South Pointe 56, 2. Rock Hill 63, 3. Fort Mill 79, 4. Northwestern 90, 5. Clover 92, 6. Lancaster 114, 7. Nation Ford 189, 8. York 217.
Top 20 Finishers
1. Victoria Burdette (SP) 19:24.63, 2. Lanie Jo Knight (RH) 19:29.56, 3. Emily Sparrow (C) 19:43.45, 4. Madison Goode (SP) 19:56.81, 5. Melissa Smith (FM) 20:09.52, 6. Olivia Paxton (SP) 20:12.79, 7. JaNae Jones (L) 20:14.72, 8. Jennell Jones (L) 20:30.03, 9. Caitlin Bitting (RH) 20:38.31, 10. Katie Player (N) 20:45.82, 11. Brianna Lewis (N) 20:54.77, 12. Meagan Allen (FM) 21:00.01, 13. Jessica Brugh (FM) 21:02.88, 14. Amanda Collins (RH) 21:04.37, 15. Alex Peeler (C) 21:25.74, 16. Chelsea Alford (RH) 21:04.37, 17. Cassie Caldwell (C) 21:38.70, 18. Anna Rzepka (FM) 21:41.34, 19. Cameron Stuart (RH) 21:41.93, 20. Meagan Grogan (SP) 21:44.03.
1. Rock Hill 45, 2. Fort Mill 65, 3. Nation Ford 78, 4. Northwestern 80, 5. South Pointe 113, 6. Clover 116, 7. Lancaster 203, 8. York 252.
Top 20 Finishers
1. Cameron Ruppe (RH) 16:11.28, 2. Loftin Bridges (SP) 16:12.81, 3. Thomas Bennick (RH) 16:13.25, 4. Christian Acke (N) 16:37.74, 5. Mitchell Scholten (FM) 16:43.90, 6. Ben Hardymon (NF) 16:44.73, 7. Will Manning (NF) 16:49.31, 8. Austin Highfill (C) 16:49.32, 9. Chad Fennell (N) 16:50.96, 10. Joey Teachout (RH) 16:52.18, 11. Grant Henrickson (FM) 16:59.13, 12. Jonathan Bruney (C) 17:02.94, 13. Clayton Pratt (FM) 17:06.01, 14. David Trotter (FM) 17:06.31, 15. John Charbonnet (RH) 17:06.80. 16. Connor Case (RH) 17:08.83, 17. Chad Rollins (N) 17:10.26, 18. Michael Cranford (SP) 17:14.65, 19. Kole Koterba (N) 17:20.58, 20. Landon Crook (NF) 17:24.05.