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 Ben Lippen Boys Cross Country Team Wins SCISA State Title, Football Has Girls Round Bye

 

By CHRIS DEARING

Special Contributor

Columbia--This past weekend at the SCISA Cross Country State meet turned out to be a banner day for both the boys and girls Ben Lippen teams.

The Ben Lippen boys claimed the Class AAA state championship with rivals Cardinal Newman and Heathwood Hall finishing second and third respectively. Three Falcon runners finished in the top 10 with Camden Abrams leading the way by finishing fourth with a time of 17:33.98. He was joined in the top 10 by George Baumgardner (9th, 17:45.96) and Mason Harmon (17:48.17).

“We’ve been working really hard all season,” Ben Lippen coach Thomas Fisher said. “I had full confidence that we’d have a good day. We’ve got great upperclassmen leadership and the young guys ran really well.”

Abrams was happy to bring the title back to Ben Lippen for seniors Baumgardner and Allen Foy.

“This was a total team effort,” Abrams said. “I wanted to give everything I had for George (Baumgardner and Allen (Foy). This was their last chance to win a cross-country state championship.”

The girls finished third with senior Ree Williams Zoller leading the way eighth overall with a time of 20:15.37. Fellow senior Katie Elliott finished in the top 20 with a time of 21:36 and senior captain Sarah Stevens had one of the best races of her career finishing with a time of 21:41.

The top three finished was the third consecutive season the Falcons have finished in the top three at the State Meet.

Football Update

Ben Lippen capped a 7-2 regular season with a 52-12 victory over Cardinal Newman. The Falcons received a first round bye in the Class AAA SCISA playoffs. They will host the winner of Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning in the second round.

Trad Beatty threw for 508 yards and four touchdowns in a 23-for-25 performance. Kyle Wright added 161 yards on 14 carries that included a 99-yard touchdown run. Ryan Fleming was the top receiver with six catches for 151 yards and two scores and Trey Norman added 138 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.

Ben Lippen has won six in a row after losing twice in the first three games of the season.

After battling the injury bug early in the season, Coach Derek White said the Falcons are fairly healthy heading into the postseason.

“We’re as good as we’ve been all season on the injury front,” White said. “Having Trad back and healthy has made a huge difference on the offensive side of the ball.”

 

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