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Laurens Academy girls cross country team wins state title

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Laurens – In just three seasons, the Laurens Academy girls cross country team reached its greatest milestone.

The Lady Crusaders had four of the top 10 finishers and six of the top 20 to earn the top spot at the SCISA Class A state championship meet at Heathwood Hall on Oct. 27.

 “It’s hard to truly plan out a lot because we only have a nine-week season, and I believe in taking off a week after the county meet when we completely tapered starting last Thursday,” head coach Onika Kerber said after the meet. “We just had a few fun practices coming into the state meet.”

The move seemed to pay big dividends. Laurens was led by sophomore Audrey Nofzz who finished second overall and had a personal best time of 22:25.65. Right behind her was junior Blair Quarles who finished with a time of 23:13.55.

Senior Ruthie Moore (24:06.78) came in sixth overall and senior Julia Kerber (25:16.82) ran a personal best for a tenth-place finish. Also setting a PR was freshman Ivy Codington (25:31.99) who wound up in 11th place.

Freshman Penelope Kerber (26:13.96) wound up placing 16th overall and senior Lindsey Burroughs finished with a time of 37:12.66.

“We were fortunate not to have any injuries this season,” coach Kerber said afterwards. “I also want my runners to compete and have fun. During the season we work a lot on speed work and power. It is a process and the goal is to improve gradually and be in your best shape at the state meet.”

The boys finished tenth at the state meet led by eighth-grader Andrew Codington who finished with a time of 20:59.32. He was followed by sophomore Jonas Smith (21:25.02), sixth-grader Caleb Howard (26:41.22), seventh-grader Noah Manning (26:44.71), seventh-grader Devin Sampson (27:14.20) and sixth-grader Garrett Murphy (27:35.27).

In other news, the Laurens Academy football team finished off its season with a 44-6 win over Tri-County to finish the year 3-7 overall and 3-4 in region play.

Sophomore quarterback Thomas Lowry threw four touchdowns passes and ran for two more. Charlton McCall caught two of the TD passes while Cal Robertson and senior Dawson Foster each had one.

 

 

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