Sharks’ Krier wins; CF takes second at Pee Dee Classic

St. James’ Billy Krier turned in the fastest time at Saturday’s Pee Dee Classic cross country event in Florence, and the Carolina Forest was runner-up in both the boys and girls, team and individual divisions.

Waccamaw won both division championships, but Carolina Forest was second best all the way around. The boys and girls teams placed second, led by individual runners-up Dustin Conklin and Lisa Pieterse.

After Krier broke the tape with a blistering time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds, Conklin crossed the finish line 15 seconds later. Pieterse’s time of 20:19 came even closer to winning the girls event, finishing 13 seconds off the lead time of Waccamaw’s Grace Barnett.

Among local girls, St. James placed sixth behind a eighth-place finish for Samantha Cunningham, followed by Conway in seventh thanks to a ninth-place showing for Madilyn Crabill. North Myrtle Beach rounded out the 15-team field.

In boys action, Jesse Patrick’s time of 17:33 was good for eighth place and helped bolster Carolina Forest’s second-place showing, and Krier led St. James to a sixth-place showing. Conway turned in a 17th-place finish and North Myrtle Beach rounded out the 20-team field.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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