Pinewood girls claim runner-up honors at Coaches Classic
The Pinewood girls had the top finish for the Dorchester County teams at the Coaches Classic Cross Country Invitational last weekend.
With more than 96 teams from all over the state and 3,200 registered runners, this was one of the biggest meets in state history.
Eighth-grader Maryah Nasir won the Championship race with the third fastest time of the day. With her 18:40.4 finish, Nasir led the Pinewood Girls to a second-place team finish.
“It was the first time in Pinewood history that the girls’ team took home a second-place trophy and with 50 teams in the Girls' Championship race this was quite an amazing feat,” Pinewood coach Kelly Hazel said.
Also contributing to the second-place finish were Katie Black (with a 20:39 time), Emily Shuler (20:48), Issy Greenstreet (20:58), Megan Kuhn (21:00), Sallie Limehouse (21:52) and Taylor Strickland (23:31).
Led by Sophie Belhassen, who placed 31st individually with a 20:50.49 time, the Ashley Ridge girls placed 19th. Other Ashley Ridge contributors were Savannah Sutton, Alexus Cuttino, Kelly Burchette, Elena Leschack and Amanda Ellenburg.
Led by Danielle Dennis, (21:49.23), the Cane Bay girls placed 30th. Other Cane Bay contributors were Brittney Logan, Allie Reynolds, Jasmine White, Stefani Brault, Adina Norris and Dakota Cook.
Led by Autumn Stone (20:35.81), the Fort Dorchester girls placed 31st. Other Fort Dorchester contributors were Allison Sorrenson, Paiton Stone, Jenny Reh, Jordan Howell and Alexa Fulcher.
In the Boys' Championship Race, Pinewood placed 22nd out of 55 teams and all the Panthers either ran a PR or season-best time.
Senior Mason Hazel ran a blazing PR of 16:45.68, knocking 38 seconds off the previous school record of 17:23. He led the varsity boys with his 9th place finish.Other contributors for the Panthers were Jin Kim, Jake Birdsong, Matthew Stice and Thomas Osborne.
Led by Justyn Lodge (18:15.74), the Summerville boys placed 26th. Other contributors for the Green Wave were Peter Edwards, Trey Dimuzio, Harrison Leiendecker, Michael Tatar, Christopher Edwards and Sloan Shelbourne.
Led by Jordan Schultz (20:03.52), the Cane Bay boys placed 50th. Other contributors for Cane Bay were Adrian Amaya, Matthew Kimbro, Paul Dolan, Juasheem Sultan, Kreighton Milks and Nicholas Michael.