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Jackets finish in top 10 at state meet; Warriors finish sixth

The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets girls’ sqaud takes off from the starting line in the 5A state cross-country championship meet Saturday.
The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets girls’ sqaud takes off from the starting line in the 5A state cross-country championship meet Saturday.

It was a girls’ rule type of day at the 5A and 3A state cross country championships Saturday in Columbia.

The Indian Land Warriors girls’ cross-country team finished sixth in the state in the 3A meet and the Fort Mill girls’ cross-country team finished 10th in the state at the 5A cross-country championships Saturday, the highest among all York County based schools.

In the 3A meet, Indian Land was led by freshman Kaitlyn Rodman, who finished 10th in 20:25. She was followed by eighth-grade teammate Lauren Sizemore in 21:01 in 19th and sophomore Baileigh Sizemore in 23rd at 21:19. Junior Adriana Wilson finished 47th in 22:06 and freshman Braeden Rushing finished 86th in 23:38 to round out the scoring for the Warriors.

In the 3A boys’ meet, Indian Land finished 13th overall and was led by junior Juan Alejandro, who finished 10th in 17:23. He was followed by sophomore Austin Ross in 41st in 18:21 and junior Connor Leyland in 47th in 18:29. Also scoring points for Indian Land were sophomore Connor Deckard in 104th in 19:32 and junior Graham McLaughlin in 111th in 19:42.

With a young lineup of three underclassmen, two eighth graders and a freshman accompanying four seniors, it was an unknown how Fort Mill would do heading into the final meet of the season.

“They did well,” said Fort Mill head coach Marc Pyrc. “The girls ran hard and had a good performance.”

Fort Mill was led by senior Mia Davis, who finished 37th overall with a time of 20:25. Her time was followed by freshman Abby Dawson, who was 48th in 20:41. Eighth grader Sydney George was 68th in 21:06 and senior Meagan Allen was 78th in 21:19. Senior Ania Rzepka rounded out the scoring for Fort Mill finishing 86th in 21:28. Eighth grader Regan Hodge also finished 88th for the Jackets in 21:30 and senior Olivia Rosener finished 90th in 21:32.

Nation Ford’s girls were 16th at the event as well, with eighth grader Katie Pou leading both schools as the top finisher coming in 26th overall at 20:12 for the Falcons.

“That is about what we expected,” said Nation Ford head coach Jason Byrnes.

“It wasn’t a bad showing. It was a good season. Katie (Pou) ran well. She has been dealing with injuries, but she has been toughing it out.”

Following Pou in scoring for Nation Ford was senior Anna Hardymon in 73rd at 21:11 and sophomore Cate Tedford in 104th in 21:56. Rounding out the scoring for the Falcons were sophomore Addy Rogers, who finished 129th at 22:41 and senior Jordan Wright at 130th with the same time. Also finishing for Nation Ford was senior Sam McNeil at 132nd in 22:45 and senior Abigail Audette in 134th in 22:51.

The only boys representative from either Fort Mill or Nation Ford was the Jackets’ senior Nick Kilbarger, who finished 46th in the boys 5A race in a time of 16:59.

Mac Banks:, @MacBanksFM