All-County XC: CF’s Mohr, NMB’s Spickler lead pack

Running is more than a hobby for Michael Mohr; it’s a full-time job. In fact, there’s no such thing as an off-season for the PALM senior — only the next season.

After leading Carolina Forest to the SCHSL Cross Country Championships earlier this month, Mohr simply shifted gears to the Junior Olympics circuit before finally slowing down.

“I had my last (Junior Olympics) race last weekend in Charlotte,” Mohr said recently. “I’m taking two weeks off before I start training for track. It’s hard but you have got to train year-round if you want to be the best.”

That game plan worked this fall for Mohr, earning the title of Horry County Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year by leading the Panthers to a Region 6-5A title in his senior year.

However, Mohr could easily be making the transition from football to basketball if not for his involvement in the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club. What started out as a pastime has become his passion.

“I didn’t really like (running) at first,” Mohr recalled. “I was mainly doing it to stay in shape for football and basketball, but I started getting good at it and enjoying it. Now I don’t even play football or basketball.”

There’s no time now that Mohr runs cross country in the fall, track and field in the spring, and Junior Olympics events the rest of the year. In addition to the 800 and 1,600 meters, Mohr also specializes in steeplechase racing.

“Steeplechase is definitely my favorite,” Mohr said of the hybrid track/cross country event. “You get to jump over hurdles and water. The obstacles make it a fun and challenging.”

But first Mohr turns his attention to having a strong senior season in track and field. He hopes to have as much success as he did in pacing the Panthers to a 15th-place finish in Class 5A cross country.

Mohr was joined on the all-county squad by teammates Jonathan Penter and Jacob Dulson, Conway’s Monroe Thompkins, Green Sea Floyds’ Jackson Jeter, Myrtle Beach’s Tyler Flannelly, North Myrtle Beach’s Alexander D’Annunzio, Socastee’s Ward Wilson, Aynor’s William Blackmon and St. James’ Jayson Brady and Ryan Hughes.

Cross country counterpart Isabella Spickler, an eighth-grader for North Myrtle Beach, was named the Horry County Girls Runner of the Year after winning the Horry County championship and leading the Lady Chiefs to an 18th-place finish at the Class 4A state championships.

“We have a great group of girls and we’ve worked hard this season,” Spickler said after helping the Lady Chiefs to the Region 6-4A title. “Even though we missed a month of the season for the hurricane, we kept training and trying to get better.”

Spickler was joined by teammate Havana Charles, Brianna Hatfield of Carolina Forest, Samantha Murillo and Riley Massey of Myrtle Beach, Taylor Marotta of St. James, Bren Tyler of Aynor, Laura Del Pozo of Socastee, Brooklyn Sawyer and Mia Crankfield of Green Sea Floyds and Caroline Thompkins of Conway.

ALL-COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS

• Michael Mohr, Carolina Forest

• Jonathan Penter, Carolina Forest

• Jacob Dulson, Carolina Forest

• Monroe Thompkins, Conway

• Tyler Flannelly, Myrtle Beach

• Jayson Brady, St. James

• Jackson Jeter, Green Sea Floyds

Honorable Mention

• Alexander D’Annunzio, North Myrtle Beach

• Ryan Hughes, St. James

• Ward Wilson, Socastee

• William Blackmon, Aynor

ALL-COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

• Isabella Spickler, North Myrtle Beach

• Havana Charles, North Myrtle Beach

• Brianna Hatfield, Carolina Forest

• Samantha Murillo, Myrtle Beach

• Riley Massey, Myrtle Beach

• Taylor Marotta, St. James

• Bren Tyler, Aynor

Honorable Mention

• Laura Del Pozo, Socastee

• Mia Crankfield, Green Sea Floyds

• Brooklyn Sawyer, Green Sea Floyds

• Caroline Thompkins, Conway

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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