The Ashley Ridge, Fort Dorchester and Summerville boys’ and girls’ teams have all advanced to the Class AAAAA Cross Country Championships.
The Summerville Boys team finished as the runner-up for the 2019 Lower State 5A Cross Country Qualifier at Wannamaker County Park Nov. 6 to secure its spot in the state meet scheduled for Nov. 16 in Camden. Only the top six boys’ and top six girls’ teams from the Lower State meet qualify.
Wando won the boys’ Lower State race with 73 points. Trailing in the team standings were Summerville (92), Fort Dorchester (104), Stratford (115), Ashley Ridge (139) and Socastee (153). The finishes for Cane Bay’s Zane Jackson and Robert Perrecone were fast enough to earn them individual berths to the state meet.
Jackson won the Lower State boys’ race with a 15:43 finish. Fort Dorchester senior Dawson Wright placed second with a personal best time of 16:05.33. Summerville junior Daren Hinds (16:05.62) placed third while Green Wave senior Noah Woodbury (16:07) placed fourth. Wando’s Daniel Munoz (16:22) rounded out the Top 5.
“The race went pretty much as planned,” Wright said. “I just focused on the leader and trying to keep a close gap. I wanted to PR and I did and I wanted to finish ahead of the Summerville runners and have a better race than my last one.”
Matthew Osean (16:56) was the next Fort Dorchester runner to cross the finish line, placing 12th. Trailing for the Patriots were Landon Koch (17:09), Jordan Trapp (17:49), Dante Lungaro (17:51), Aaron Wheat (18:14) and Curtis Pigford (18:33).
Summerville’s Isaac Cinnamon (17:24) placed 25th. Trailing for the Green Wave were Jeremiah Eddy (17:37), Jacob Braddock (17:40), Zane Kiger (18:10) and Jack Schwartz (18:55).
Brandon Clark (16:35) led Ashley Ridge, placing seventh. Ryan Duffy (17:15) also finished in the Top 25, placing 21st. Trailing for the Swamp Foxes were Ashton Kirkpatrick (17:28), Matthew Langhals (17:55), Ethan Hearn (18:05), Marc-Alex Martin-Lauzer (18:25) and Ivan Richter (18:41).
James Island won the girls’ Lower State race with 53 points. Also qualifying were Stratford (66), Summerville (73), Wando (116), Ashley Ridge (120) and Fort Dorchester (126).
James Island eighth-grader Hannah Vroon won the girls’ race with an 18:38 finish. Summerville eighth-grader Brianna Dooney (19:03) placed second. Rounding out the Top 5 were Stratford’s Sydney Palmer (19:29), Summerville’s Milaya Buchanon (19:58) and Stratford’s Kaelan Pierce (20:00).
“The race went much better than I had hoped for,” Dooney said. “I just wanted to stay with Hannah and she ran a great race. I set a goal for myself and I met it.”
Annaleise Giocondi (21:08) was the next runner in for Summerville, finishing in 17th place. Sydney Greer (21:21) placed 21st. Trailing for Summerville were Eliza Blackwell (21:56), Lillian Kriese (21:57) and Sophie Sompayrac (24:01).
Freshmen Megan Studley (20:23) and Tess Studley (20:27) led the Fort Dorchester Girls, placing eighth and ninth. Eden Apgar (21:04) placed 15th. Trailing for the Fort Girls were Emmerson Apgar (22:03), Delaney Torek (24:47), Sydney Pillion (24:53) and Shelby Pruitt (29:02).
Sophia Thomas (21:09) led the Ashley Ridge Girls, placing 18th. Madison McSwain (21:23) placed 22nd. Trailing for the Lady Swamp Foxes were Audrey Smith (21:48), Katherine Jackson (21:48), Allie Karges (21:53), Rowan Hearn (22:19) and Betsy Erickson (22:25).