The Clover High School cross-country teams wonthe Sept. 9 competition at York.
The girls’ team’s cumulative score was 28. South Point, N.C., was second at 57, with York third at 61 and Lake Point Academy fourth with 81.
The Blue Eagle boys’ cross-country team placed first with a score of 17, followed by York at 38. South Point finished at 83.
Clover’s Ben Clark finished the race at 16:03.97.
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“Cross-country is my No. 1 priority at all times,” Clark said. “I want to do better.”
CHS boys’ cross-country coach Chris Green lauded Clark’s work ethic and commitment to the sport. “Ben runs 60 to 70 miles a week preparing for his weekly cross-country challenge,” said Green.
With a youth movement this season, Green is bringing the Blue Eagle runners along steadily. “We are very young,” Green said. “We’ve been ranked in the Top 10 in previous seasons. We will manage our expectations.”
Added Green: “Our kids are working hard to improve their times.”
Other top 15 Clover finishers were: Will White, 17:19.85; Tyler Brittain,18:08.11; Leland Capps, 18:29.60; Cameron Marvin, 18:43.23; Josh Starnes, 19:41.62; Chamond Brewington, 19:46.42; and Colton Ennis, 19:51.28.
Jessica DeFalco came in first for the Clover girls’ team at 20:33.52.
Other top 15 finishers were: Hannah Holcombe, 21:56.44; Cassie Caldwell, 22:44.6; Savannah Tetreault, 22:45.69; Rachel Capps, 23:41.39; Jewel McBee, 23:58.42; and Ann Marie White, 24:02.06.
“I am excited about the season,” CHS girls’ cross-country coach Nancy Hester said before the York meet. “We have a good group returning and new kids contributing.”
Senior runners Juhee Bhatt, Holcombe and Capps talked about the season while awaiting competition at the York stadium.
“It’s all about the competition,” said Bhatt, who is recovering from a knee injury and hopes to return this week. “I love running and I love my coach.”
Holcombe’s goal is to break her best time of 20.59. “I love to run,” she said. “You have to know when it’s time to hit it during the run.”
Capps said cross-country’s appeal goes beyond the competition. “I love the way we are family,” said the CHS senior. “I want to improve my time and help the team compete better.”
The next meet is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Northwestern.