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Cheraw cross country builds strong foundation for next season

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Cheraw – With six boys and three girls, it was an uphill climb for the Cheraw High School cross country program this year as neither managed to qualify for state.

But first-year head coach Harold Palmera-Acosta saw a lot of potential for next season.

“Overall I think the season went well,” he said. “We finished second in the county (meet) and second in the region (meet). We don’t lose any seniors on the boys side, so I think we have a strong foundation to do better next season.”

In the county meet at McBee, junior Leighton Becker had a personal best time of 19:04.95. He was joined by sophomore Richard Lindsey (22:05.48).

At the region meet at Marion, junior Justin Belt had a personal best time of 18:58 while sophomore Alex Knight finished with a time of 24:43.

Kyle Belt shined at the Wilson Invitational with a time of 19:51.9 while fellow sophomore Tyler Byrd had his best run at the AAA qualifier in Darlington with a time of 22:44.05.

“We were close to qualifying (for state),” Palmera-Acosta said. “We were 11th out of 18 teams and it was the first 10 that qualified.”

On the girls side, all three Cheraw runners shined at the county meet in McBee.  Sophomore Aubreigh Davis led the way with a personal best time of 24:46.11 – which was good enough for second place overall. She also placed second at the region meet and won a race in Marion prior to that.

Senior Lennox Bradshaw posted a time of 27:39.73 at the region meet and seventh-grader Liberty Gould finished with a mark of 36:06.67.

“It was good to see how well everyone did that had never run before,” Palmera-Acosta said. “Aubreigh was running against members of the other team who had been running for three or four years and she beat some of them.

“It was also good to see the new runners on the boys side do well. I think they did an excellent job running for the first time. A couple of them were (hampered) by knee injuries at the end, so we could have done even better in the state qualifier.”

 

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