Socastee XC uses superior depth to sweep region titles

socxc-girlsteamThe Socastee boys and girls cross country teams swept the Region 6-4A championships on Wednesday at Florence Freedom Park, using their superior depth to claim the titles.

No Socastee runner placed higher than fourth individually, but it was their consistency from top-to-bottom that allowed them to sweep the meet. The Braves won a tiebreaker with Carolina Forest based on sixth-position finishers to decide a 51-all draw, and the Lady Braves placed five runners in the top 10 to make it a banner day for Socastee.

Conway’s Shane Moody was boys medalist with a time of 16:43, leading the Tigers to a third place finish and edging Carolina Forest’s Michael Pieterse by five seconds. That race prevented a medalist sweep by Carolina Forest’s Pieterse siblings, as senior sister Lisa running away with the girls title in 19 minutes flat. She beat Conway’s Kenia Smith and Alyssa Wiebel to the finish line.

But the Socastee girls claimed five of the next nine spots, led by fourth-place finisher Sommer El-Khatib. Carolina Forest’s Caitlyn Penter earned the fifth  slot, followed by Socastee’s Crystal Shimer, Kasie Ingram, Rebekah Booth and Janneke Morin. The Lady Braves had 34 points, beating runner-up Conway (57).

The Socastee boys saw Keahi Mendoza claim fifth place, and Elijah Lawson and Nick Koonce taking seventh and ninth, respectively. Carolina Forest also had three in the top 10, with sixth-place Stephen Ciaramitaro and 10th-place Nick Beale joining the runner-up Pieterse. The top 10 finishers from each division earned all-region honors.

Photo courtesy of SHS Athletics

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