By Ed Boehmke
With the all-important double scoring Coaches Classic looming next week, many of the lower state schools took advantage of the two scoring meets in this week's SCRunners Cross Country Series sponsored by Go-Green Events. Many of the Upper State schools stayed close to home for meets or opted not to run so the standings this week will show many of the lower state athletes and schools making positive moves in the standings.
First let me apologize to Page Dickey of Dorman. I failed to add last week's points to her totals which would have placed her in third place where she remains this week. This of course shifts everyone after her down one spot.
The only change in the girl's individual top four is a swap in second and first. James Island's Hannah Vroon moved into the top spot because of her first place finish at the Darlington Cross Country Carnival. Elizabeth Rogers of Riverside, Macey Morgan of Mauldin and Elizabeth Markwell of Wade Hampton remained idle in series races this weekend and remain fourth and fifth. Stratford's Sydney Palmer moved into sixth from last week's 16th spot. Ailish Ward of Ashley Hall was this week's big mover going from 23rd to seventh.
Our biggest climbers in the boys' individual standings are Mark Richter of Bishop England, who climbed from nineteenth to fourth, and Owen Smith of Stratford who moved into seventh from last week's twenty-third. Idle Casey Burr of Wade Hampton lost a large amount of his lead, but remains in the top spot over Noah Ward of Philip Simmons who climbed to the runner-up spot from seventh.
The girls' team battle finds three of the Lower State schools climbing into the top 10. James Island moved into third place from 14th, Waccamaw into fourth from 16th, and Philip Simmons into sixth from 10th. Previously unranked Hanahan was the biggest climber moving into 11th. Riverside maintained its large lead over second place Wade Hampton, both of which were idle from this week's series.
Because of their win at the Darlington Cross Country Carnival, Stratford moves into third place in this week's boys' team standings moving from last week's 16th. AC Flora moved from 22nd into fourth and James Island moved from 17th to fifth. Wade Hampton and Wando, both idle in the series races remain in the top two spots.
Next week promises to offer a big shakeup in all of the races. We will have all of the new results waiting for you early next week. Good luck to everyone.