The South Pointe Stallions swept top team honors in the Region 3-3A Cross Country Meet Tuesday afternoon at South Pointe High School.
The South Pointe girls finished first, fourth, eighth, 10th and 11th as they dominated the field in claiming the championship.
The Stallions finished with 31 points. Broome was second with 45, while Clinton and Chester finished third and fourth, respectively. Union County and Lancaster each had runners in the event, but did not have the five needed to qualify for the team title.
The South Pointe boys finished second, third, fifth, sixth, and eighth for a team score of 24 as the Stallions left no doubt early as to which team would win the region title.
Broome was second with 39 points and Clinton was third with 96 points. Lancaster, Union County and Chester completed the field.
In the girls’ race, South Pointe’s Olivia Paxton finished first. She toured the demanding 5K layout in a time of 20:12.87. She finished one minute and 17 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
“It was somewhat of an advantage running on my home course,” said Paxton, who is a junior. “This course is tough, and the competition all year has been good, so I knew I had to do my best in order to win.”
In the boys’ race, the Stallions’ Justin McAteer finished second with teammate Daniel Johnson only three seconds later in the third position.
Claiming both the girls’ and boys’ team titles was new for the Stallions. The girls had won the region when they competed in Class 4A. This was the first title for the boys.
“I am so very proud of both of my teams,” said South Pointe head coach Jim Koterba. “They both turned in excellent performances today.”
Koterba credited the success to a lot of dedication by both teams.
“We started running back in June,” said Koterba. “Today was a complete team win by both squads. They have worked very hard all season and been dedicated in their efforts.”
Koterba also credited his assistant coaches for the success the team has enjoyed this fall. Chris Ardis, Jacob Stancil and Trish Sacco were all part of this year’s coaching staff.
“They were a big reason why we have had such a good fall thus far,” said Koterba. “They were good at teaching and motivating our runners.”
Koterba says the hard work that everyone turned in has been evident each time they run.
“Both of our teams have improved steadily since the beginning of the year,” said Koterba. “This was a good day for us.”