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James Island runners perform well at state meet

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – The James Island cross country program had a solid day while competing in the 2018 Class AAAAA state championship meet on November 3rd at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.

Boosted by a strong effort from senior Dolan Owens, the boys team finished second in the team standings. James Island finished four points behind state champion Dorman, which won their second straight title.

Owens capped his senior season with a gold medal performance, adding a state title to his region and Lower State championship. Owens, also an outstanding performer in track, missed the entire 2017 cross country season with a major back injury. He began working on a comeback late last spring.

“I’m not all the way there but I am progressing well,” Owens said. “I hope to be at full strength for the nationals in a few weeks. I am very satisfied with my run today. It’s good to be able to help my teammates. We did well.”

Senior Patrick Shue was James Island’s second runner to cross the finish line, scoring in 19th place overall. Senior Owen Morillo finished 22nd and junior Sam Lamar was 27th. Junior Darren Frasier finished 35th, followed by sophomores Hudson Graham and Daniel Hilliard.

The girls team also fared well, finishing sixth in the team standings. Seventh-grader Hannah Vroon led the way, earning all-state honors with an eighth-place run. Sophomore Amelia Carson also earned all-state honors with an 11th-place finish.

Sophomore Ryann Thompson was the third runner to cross, finishing 32nd overall. Seventh-grader Chloe Gilbert and junior Gabi Lehr rounded out the top five. Junior Eve Alexander and sophomore Katelyn Hessert also ran in the state meet.

James Island’s volleyball team finished the regular season in second-place in region 7-AAAAA and qualified for the Lower State playoffs. They were eliminated by Lexington in the second round.

The football team missed out on the state playoffs, finishing the regular season at 3-7. Senior quarterback DQ Vinson finished the season with more than 1,500 passing yards while receiver RJ Hamilton had nearly 900 receiving yards.

 

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