Pinewood girls claim region cross country title
The Pinewood Girls’ Cross Country team won the SCISA AAA Region meet held at The Ponds last week.
The Lady Panthers had seven runners finish in the Top 10 and five team members finish among the top seven runners to claim All-region honors. Pinewood eighth-grader Maryah Nasir was the Girls’ individual region champion with an outstanding time of 18:39 and sophomore Katie Black finished third overall with a time of 19:47. Next in was Megan Kuhn (20:26) in fourth place, Isabelle Greenstreet (20:44) in sixth place and Emily Shuler (20:59) in seventh place.
Sallie Limehouse (21:12) placed eighth and Kasey Grossman (21:17) placed 10th. Amelia Kassing came in with a season best time of 22:57. Also running well for Pinewood were: Mia Dunn (23:12), Seleste Franklin (23:38), Taylor Strickland (23:42), Kaley Katsanis (23:45), Selina Franklin (27:26) and Perry Strickland (27:26.6).
The Pinewood boys came in just behind region champion Porter-Gaud to claim runner-up honors. Senior Mason Hazel led Pinewood, finishing third overall with a 16:53 time.
Next in was Joseph Siegel who placed sixth with a time of 17:58. Trailing for Pinewood were Jake Birdsong (18:56), Matthew Stice (19:26), Steven Zhang (20:18), Thomas Osborne (20:54), Ethan Yohe (23:33) and Alex Kolb (24:48).
Hazel and Siegel were both named to the All-region team.
“I am extremely happy for both teams,” Pinewood coach Kelly Hazel said. “The top seven girls and seven boys from this meet will represent us at state with the eighth runners being the alternate. We ran on this course earlier in the season and it is a relatively challenging trail course. Everyone improved their time on this course by 30 seconds to several minutes which is pretty impressive. The coaches and I are very proud of all our runners and of how much work they have put into this season. We are fortunate to be their coaches.”
Pinewood will compete at the SCISA AAA State Championship meet on Saturday at Heathwood Hall School in Columbia. The Pinewood girls’ will face a tough Heathwood Hall team for a chance at the state title and the boys will battle Porter-Gaud and Hammond for one of the top three spots.