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Beaufort runners shine at Class AAAA state cross country meet

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – It was a banner day for the Beaufort High cross country program as they competed in the 2018 Class AAAA state championship meet on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.

Beaufort’s boys and girls teams were competing in the meet and had a pair of all-state worthy performances.

In the boys race, sophomore Marlon Belden made his name known statewide with a strong third-place finish. He covered the course with a time of 15:48 and was the top underclassmen finisher in the event. Belden qualified for the finals by winning the Lower State qualifier a week earlier. His performance helped Beaufort to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.

Freshman Nash Mills, who was fourth in the Lower State qualifier, finished 16th at the state meet, just one spot from all-state recognition. Also competing for the Eagles in the state meet were juniors Max Davis, Josh Wilborn and Collin Durham, along with freshman Charlie Bennett.

The boys team won the region 7-AAAA championship with Belden, Mills, Durham, Wilborn and Davis all placing among the first 10 runners in the race.

Earning all-state honors from the girls team was junior Shannon Smith, who was able to grab 15th place in the finals to earn the final spot. Smith was fifth in the Lower State qualifier and was second in the region meet.

Freshman Anna Brown finished 26th in the state meet and eighth-grader Charlize Anita was 25th at the state meet. Beaufort’s top four runners, including sophomore Isabel Vega, should return next fall.

Members of the swim team also earned a shot to compete in the AAAA state meet in October.

Lily Bostwick finished 12th in the 50-yard freestyle and 13th in the 100-yard freestyle. McKenzie Daniel was 18th in the 100-yard backstroke and Melanie Schiller was 22nd in the 100-yard breaststroke. Anne Watts Tuckwiller was 29th in the breast and 24th in the back stroke.

From the boys team, Cameron Hussman was 13th in the 200-yard freestyle and 22nd in the 100. Samuel Marrero was 12th in the backstroke and 22nd in the 50-yard free, while James Stone finished 16th in the 100-yard butterfly finals.

Witt Compton placed 15th in the 500-yard freestyle while finishing 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Allen Szczepek finished 19th in the backstroke.

The football team finished second in region seven and hosted a first-round playoff game on November 9th.

The girls tennis team was second in the region standings and earned a playoff berth. Beaufort beat North Augusta in the first round before losing to Hartsville.

The volleyball team also was second in the region and opened the playoffs with a win over Wilson. They were defeated in the second round by North Myrtle Beach.

 

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