Waccamaw’s Anna Margaret Loftus and Perrin Jones earned bronze medals at the South Carolina High School League Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.
Loftus, an eighth-grader, finished in 19:18.68, just over 30 seconds behind winner Maggie Rhodes of Woodruff and just over 19 seconds behind runner-up Carson Towe of Seneca. On the boys side, Jones, a senior, finished in 16:20.80, well off the winning pace of Academic Magnet’s Colin Baker (14:48.53).
Both the Waccamaw teams finished as team runner-ups.
The Warriors’ Alice Francke joined Loftus in earning all-state honors in the girls race, finishing ninth (19:59.72). Waccamaw’s Berndt Anderson (sixth, 16:35.50) and Weston Stokes (14th, 16:50.25) made all-state on the boys side. The top 15 in reach race make the all-state squads.
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The Waccamaw girls — whose runners also included Lena Gammel (23rd, 21:01.03), Anabelle Scully (24th, 21:07.31), Maris Jennings (32nd, 21:24.98), Clare Fico (21:25.62) and Rylee Allison (38th, 21:38.34) — finished second in the team standings with 91 points behind Seneca (52).
On the boys side, Rion Keesee (21st, 17:19.56), Bennett Stover (26th, 17:21.69), William Daniels (43rd, 17:51.28) and Miller Miller (61st, 18:08.90) rounded out the Warriors’ scoring as Waccamaw (68 points) placed runner-up in the team standings behind Bishop England (50).
Bren Tyler (59th, 22:22.62) and William Blackmon (64th, 18:14.20) were Aynor’s top girls and boys finishers, respectively.
In Class A/2A, Jackson Jeter (39th, 17:59.52) and Brooklyn Sawyer (64th, 23:29.43) were Green Sea Floyds’ top-finishing boys and girls runners, respectively.
In 4A, Myrtle Beach’s Tyler Flannelly (83rd, 18:13.29) and North Myrtle Beach’s Alexander D’Annunzio (84th, 18:13.95) were the top area boys finishers, while the Chiefs’ Isabella Spickler (52nd, 21:30.16) and the Seahawks’ Samantha Murillo (64th, 21:53.76) paced area girls in the race.
In 5A, Carolina Forest’s Michael Mohr (48th, 16:55.94) and Conway’s Monroe Thompkins (58th, 17:04.75) were the top area boys, while the Panthers’ Brianna Hatfield (87th, 21:09.87) was the lone area girl to compete.
David Wetzel: @MYBSports, 843-626-0295