Friday, September 5, 2014
The Waccamaw Warriors boys and girls cross country teams swept the competition in an all-county meet on Sept. 3, finishing in the top five in both the girls’ and boys’ races at Stables Park in Pawleys Island.
The Warriors shut out Andrews, Carvers Bay and Georgetown with a score of 15-0, the highest possible score in a cross country meet.
“This is just crazy. I’m so proud of both the boys and girls,” Waccamaw boys coach Robert DelBagno said, as he checked the times.
Waccamaw junior Amelia Jones finished more than a minute ahead of her closest competitor, Jamie Barnett.
Jones had a winning time of 22:35 over the 3.1-mile course, and Barnett clocked in at 23:40.
Waccamaw senior Grant Smith, whose winning time was 18:25, finished just ahead of teammate Todd Mauney, who crossed the finish line at 18:36.
Other top finishers for Waccamaw were Briley Arnold, Mary Butler Despain and Madeline Francke for the girls; and Maddox Wilkenson, Jackson Stacy and Adam Paquette for the boys.
This was the first meet of the season for Andrews, Carvers Bay and Georgetown. Waccamaw participated in the Coastal Carolina Cross Country Invitational in Conway Aug. 30 and finished second to Wando High School.
Andrews Coach Melvin Terry Jr. was more concerned with his boys’ understanding the layout of the course than he was with their finish times.
“I am just looking for maximum effort. I’m not exactly looking for times or places, but I just want their maximum effort,” Terry said prior to the boys’ race.
“This is our first race of the season,” Georgetown boys coach Chris Hapeshis said. “We are a relatively young team, so I am looking for our fellas to improve on their times.”
Georgetown had two boys finish in the top 20.
Donna Owens, Carvers Bay girls coach was looking for her Lady Bears to finish healthy.
“I have three that have never, ever run before,” Owens said. “I just want them to finish their first time out, and I’m hoping that Madison Pope can beat her 24:15 time that she had at state.”
Pope finished 23 out of 38 runners.
Absolutely thrilled with his Lady Warriors’ performance, Coach Brian White said. “I could not be more pleased. These ladies ran very well today.”