High School Sports

Rock Hill wins boys, girls region cross country titles

The Rock Hill Bearcats won both the girls and boys titles at the Region 3-4A Cross Country Meet on Wednesday afternoon at Clover High School.

The Rock Hill girls finished first, third, 10th, 11th and 13th in claiming the title with a team score of 38 points. Northwestern was second with 46 points and Fort Mill finished third with 58. Clover, Nation Ford, Gaffney and York completed the field.

“Our girls were very disappointed in the poor showing they had on Saturday at the county meet,” said Rock Hill coach Chris Chandler. “We had two really good workouts this week, and it rewarded us today.”

The Bearcats ran very close together again in the region championship.

“They have bought into that strategy, and we work on it every day in practice,” said Chandler. “Winning the region was one of our goals at the beginning of the season.”

Rock Hill’s Lanie Jo Knight, a freshman, won the individual girls’ title with a 5K time of 18:34.30, a personal best.

“I did not get out front real quickly today,” said Knight, who also won the York County meet Saturday. “I took over the lead before the first mile marker. That was my strategy coming into the race.”

The Rock Hill boys had three runners in the top eight spots leading the way to the region championship. They finished with 52 points. Fort Mill was a close second with 56, while Northwestern finished third at 86. Nation Ford, Gaffney, Clover and York completed the field.

“Our boys have now won both the county meet and region meet,” said Chandler. “I thought our runners did a very good job of running together again today.”

After winning the county meet by a large margin, Rock Hill won the region meet by only four points.

“There are a lot of very good runners in this region, and I knew the competition would be very strong today,” Chandler said. “We had a pair of good workouts earlier in the week, and our guys really ran well today.”

Fort Mill’s Jeremy Ricks, a senior, won the boys individual title in a 5K time of 15:59.10.

“I had some confidence after winning the county meet on Saturday, and I wanted to get out front early today,” said Rocks. “That has been my strategy all year, and I did that.”

Fort Mill won the junior varsity girls region title. Rock Hill’s Chelsea Alford won the individual girls’ title in a time of 20:58.40.

Nation Ford won the JV boys region championship. Landon Crook of Nation Ford claimed the individual boys’ title in a time of 17:49.20.