Fort Mill Times

Cross country Jackets, Falcons outpace competitors

Fort Mill's cross country team competed against Gaffney last week at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, where there were plenty of blue and yellow jerseys crossing the finish line for both the boys and girl teams.

Over the weekend, Nation Ford High's girls cross country team beat out the top- ranked teams in the state at the Pee Dee Classic and improved its overall record to 5-0.

Fort the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets, Quanika Blackmon, who has consistently been finishing close to the top of the pack, came in first place with a time of 21.40. Teammates Abby Lewis (21.44), Adrienne Cuff (22.02), Taylor Miller (22.15) and Julia Van Burskirk (22.57) rounded out the top five spots. Erika Friddle, Lisa Nichols, Madison Valerio, Darby Thompson, Sarah Thomas, Paige Macon and Lauren Schmidt all finished in the top 12 spots, sweeping the meet.

Mark Blackmon finished in first place for the boy's team with a time of 19.01. Teammate Seth Warner finished in a close third spot with a time of 19.4, followed by Avery Martin (19.46), Jon Tennis (19.49), Nick Eberhardt (19.56), John Kalshoven (20.01) and Michael Strenk (20.08) for the top eight finishers.

The Yellow Jackets will compete in the Wendy's Invitational Saturday, Oct. 4, at the McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte. Blackmon took home fourth place at last year's Invitational with a time of 16:10 and the team finished in the top 10.

On the Falcons' side of town, there a lot of cheering going on, too. They defeated top-ranked Waccamaw by 17 points to win first place. Meredith Kilburn finished first place followed by Aubrey Gunnels. Mariah Emenhiser took home sixth place and Jana Walker, Polly Goss, London Ocon and Lindsay Buckles all finished in the top 40.

The Lady Falcons also competed last week against Clover, where Kilburn took home first place, followed by Gunnels in second and Emenhiser in third.

Britt Parnell, Polly Goss, and Jessie Hunt also finished in the top 15. Nation Ford won the meet with 23 points.

The boys also competed against Clover with Kevin Coleman finishing in second place for the Falcons with a time of 17:35.85. Teammate Kevin Ketner finished in a close third place with a time of 18:26.05. Ian Wallace and Dennie Randar took home the fourth and fifth spots for the Falcons. Kent Bonebrake, Judson Abraham and Josh Owens all finished in the top 12.

The boys ended the meet with 23 points.

The Falcons will compete over the weekend in the Louisville Classic.