COLUMBIA — A new training method helped the Rock Hill Bearcats cross-country team post a top-10 finish in the 4A state meet Saturday.
The Mauldin boys won the 4A title, as did the Riverside girls.
Led by junior Thomas Bennink, who finished 13th with a time of 16:14, the Bearcats boys’ team finished seventh in the meet.
“I’m really proud of them,” said first year head coach Lu Reeves. “We had a couple good leaders on this team.”
Rock Hill surprised a lot of people in the running community and Reeves’ credited a new training method for part of that success.
“We were hoping to finish higher, but it was good result considering it was my first year,” Reeves said.
Behind Bennink for Rock Hill was senior Cameron Ruppe, who finished 28th at a time of 16:47. Following him were freshman Joey Teachout, 57th at 17:06 and John Charbonnet, 67th at 17:11. Sophomore Connor Case finished the scoring for the Bearcats, 72nd in 17:14.
The future for Rock Hill runners looks bright, Reeves said.
“Both of our teams are pretty young,” she said.
The Lady Bearcats finished 17th and were led by eighth-grader Lanie Jo Knight, who finished 36th in 19:58. Freshman Catey Rithianos was next for Rock Hill, 81st in 21:10, followed by sophomore Caitlin Bitting in 21:23 in 94th, sophomore Chelsea Alford at 112th in 21:47 and eighth-grader Cameron Stuart in 113th with nearly the same time.
South Pointe‘s boys and girls teams both finished in 12th place.
Leading the Stallion’ boys was senior Loftin Bridges, 15th, in 16:17. He was followed by senior Michael Cranford, 50th at 17:00, and senior Grier Luxmore at 17:19 in 76th place. Freshman Justin McAteer was 117th at 17:59 and sophomore Daniel Johnson was 121st at 18:04.
For the Lady Stallions, senior Victoria Burdette led all local girls finishing 26 at 19:42. Senior Madison Goode was 37th at 19:59 and sophomore Olivia Paxton was 39th at 20:03. South Pointe senior Meagan Grogan was 121st at 21:59 and freshman Sarah Garner was 124th at 22:03.
Fort Mill only had a boys squad representing the Jackets at the state meet and finished 18thout of 20 teams.
Junior Jeremy Ricks led Fort Mill with a 44th-place finish in 16:58. He was followed by junior Mitchell Scholten and sophomore David Trotter who finished at 17:37.
Senior Grant Hendrickson was 104th at 17:47 and freshman Zach Brugh was 127th in 18:19.
Clover had just one boy and one girl run. Seniors Austin Highfill finished 41st in 16:57 and Emily Sparrow finished 28th for Clover at 19:44.
Lancaster senior Jenae Jones was 43rd in 20:09 and senior Jennell Jones was 68thin 20:50 in the girl’s race.