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Ramos headed to state cross-country meet for Stall

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

North Charleston—Cross-country isn’t a name brand sport at Stall High, but seven boys and girls put in hard work all season and recently competed at the Class AAAA Lower State meet in Darlington.

On the girls’ side, junior Bianca Ramos placed 19th overall with a time of 21:48, which qualified her for the state championship meet Nov. 4 at Sandhills Research Center in Columbia. She is the first female from the school to run in the final race in more than 30 years.

“It’s amazing. One thing I love about the sport is that it’s goal-oriented. You make small goals and then you get to see them come to fruition every week,” head coach Andres Casson said. “To watch her has been really rewarding. She’s been committed to the sport, has the right attitude and we’re very excited for her. This is the first time we’ve had a girl do this well.”

Senior Alexis McDade was the only other competitor for the Lady Warriors, coming in with a time of 24:05.

Leading the boys’ team was junior Egypt King, who crossed the finish line at 19:29. Although he didn’t move on, he still earned a varsity letter with a time under 20 minutes.

“If everything goes the way it should go, he will go to the state championship next year. He just has to put in those 30-mile weeks over the summer. Egypt came into this year without having any mileage on him, so for him to be running in the 19’s is pretty impressive,” Casson said.

Four other runners joined King in Darlington, with three of them returning next year. Junior Joseph Manzanarez clocked in at 21:03 while fellow junior Ian Hegwood had a time of 21:35. Kushi Simmons, the only senior on the team, wrapped up his career at 22:01. Junior Juan Sanchez rounded out the race for the Warriors at 24:06.

“Our school is so transient and things change so much, but they are motivated to come back next year. That’s hopeful because we don’t have a distance culture in our area,” Casson said.  


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