Short rest, sloppy track await Region VIII runners today

A short rest and a muddy track await local cross country runners at Wednesday’s Region VIII championships at Market Common.

With only three full days to recover from last Saturday’s Horry County Championships and 24 hours of rain leading up to today’s critical event, runners from the Grand Strand will try to respond the same way they do when they hit the wall on the course – push through it to the finish line.

A pair of individuals will be trying to repeat last year’s region-winning feats. North Myrtle Beach’s Benjamin Jenerette, who also repeated her girls title at the Horry County Championships on Saturday, will be looking to successfully defend her title today.

Last year she posted a time of 19:04, just one second off her personal best, but with one less day of rest and sloppy conditions expected, her best plan of attack will be to stay in front of the pack and save a record-breaker for a sunnier day.

St. James’ Billy Krier also will be trying to pull off a double back-to-back title defense today. He won his second straight Horry County Championship boys title on Saturday and hopes to do the same by repeating as the boys’ region champion.

Meanwhile, Carolina Forest hopes to pull off the biggest daily double today. The Panthers and Lady Panthers took home first place in the Horry County Championships on Saturday and they hope to maintain that momentum when the race gets under way 5 p.m. today, weather permitting.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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