Andrews look close to home for competition

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Members of the Andrews High School cross country team warm up in the gym before going outside to practice on Aug. 27.

There are no other teams in the region with Andrews High School’s cross country team so the Yellow Jackets look for competition within Georgetown County.

Third-year head coach Ron Terry said the team likes to run against Waccamaw High early in the season and again right before Lower State to measure the progress it’s made. Andrews also faces Georgetown twice and Carvers Bay once.

Terry, who played football at Georgetown High, took the job because they were going to cancel the program and a couple of the kids asked him to coach.

He’s pleased with the progress he’s seen in his first two years.

“[Times are] coming down and that’s encouraging,” he said. “The … guys are buying in.”

This year’s team has five seniors, two juniors and one freshman. That’s a good turnout for a small school, Terry said.

“We really compete with football … because a lot of those guys who could run are playing that.”

There is no girls team this season.

Montevios Smith joined the team last year and won a couple of races. He said he was a “hyperactive” child so he started to run.

“I happened to try out last year and I was good at it so … I got dedicated,” he said.

“He goes into every meet wanting to beat the [other] No. 1,” Terry said.

Cameron Morris has been on the team for four years.

“It keeps me in shape and it keeps me healthy,” he said.

Kamden Freeman also said running keep him in shape, and he likes to compete.

“You push yourself a lot harder whenever you’re actually competing,” he said.

For training, the Yellow Jackets run the track and bleachers at the football stadium, run around the schools, or run from the high school through town to the McDonald’s restaurant and back.

Terry also has them work on “explosion” drills to simulate the last 100 yards of a meet when they have to finish strong.

Although the coach knows many of the kids are running to keep in shape for another sport, there is still a competitive fire in them.

“They want to get out there and compete and do the best they can,” Terry said.

Andrews’ first meet of the season is the County Quad at Stables Park in Litchfield against the county’s three other high schools.

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