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Orangeburg Prep cross country squads post best marks at state meet

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Orangeburg – It was how most coaches would have wanted the season end, at least in terms of growth.

The Orangeburg Prep cross country squads both qualified for the SCISA AAA state meet, and wound up posting their best marks of the season, head coach Jan Stoudenmire said.

“I was very pleased with the growth of the teams as their times improved each week,” she said. “At state everyone had their best times recorded. I was pleased with the effort and leadership they both showed.”

The boys team was comprised of 10 runners while the girls squad had 12. The boys finished third in the region meet while the girls were fourth.

John Martin Reid was the top boys finisher with a sub-22-minute time each meet, Stoudenmire said. The senior had a time of 21:58.81 at the state meet. He was followed by fifth-grader Jacob Powell who finished with a time of 22:06.15.

Eighth-grader Timmy McClosky (22:46.99) was next followed by sophomore Tanner Garrick (22:52.22), eighth-grader Thomas Gladd (22:54.25), senior Guy Watkins Best (22:55.55) and sophomore Ben Journey (23:07.55).

On the girls side, eight-grader Ashby Garrick led the way with a personal best time of 22:07. She finished in 23:08.87 at state followed by freshman Alyssa Bukszar (25:24.31) and junior Bailey Livingston (27:59.98).

Seniors Madison Garrick (29:37.93), Tori Smith (29:41.03) and Mary Stack Summers (29:50.18) were next followed by junior Gabrielle McClosky (29:58.45).

Reid, Best, Summers, Smith, Madison Garrick and Banks McConnell will all be graduating, but Stoudenmire is still expecting a strong team next season.

“I (believe) all of the rest will be returning,” she said. “It was a crazy season with the heat and lightning rules, and sometimes our practices were limited. Also, the storms kind of set us back a little.”

With that in mind, she’s looking for a more consistent season next year.

“I hope we don’t have so many gaps in our schedule and can get started earlier,” Stoudenmire said. “I think if we can do that and always train a little harder, we’ll be fine.”

 

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