Athlete of the Year: Sharks’ Krier making major strides

Billy Krier never considered running competitively until his freshman year in high school. Now it seems to be the sport that’s best suited for him.

The rising senior at St. James High grew up playing soccer and other stick-and-ball sports until his first high school, Thomas Jefferson Academy in NC, added a cross country team for the first time in 2009.

Krier went out for the team and instantly became the fastest-improving kid on the squad. He transferred to St. James as a sophomore and hasn’t missed a step, earning the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Year award for boys cross country.

“I tried it out and I was known as the guy who never got tired of running,” recalled Krier, the two-time reigning Region VIII-AAA and Horry County champion. “Now it seems like this was my best sport all along. I’ve been working at it ever since.”

And the upward trend continued as Krier repeatedly shaved seconds off his time on the 3.1-mile course. After finishing a disappointing 40th in the Class AAA state championship in 2010, Krier cracked the top-five with a fifth-place finish in the fall.

“The year before I was running in the 17 to 18 (minute range) so I was really looking to improve my time,” said Krier. “I ran a 16:30 at states, so that was a big improvement. I pretty much trained year-round but it was worth it.”

Krier also runs track, placing third in the state in the 1600 meters (4:26.88), sixth in the 3200 meters (10:09.55) and helping the Sharks to a seventh-place finish in the 4×800 relay. Between the two seasons he takes part in an intensive summer training program to get ready for longer distances.

“This will be my last season in high school so I want to cut my time down to the mid-15s and maybe get a top-three finish,” Krier said. “But to be able to earn some scholarship money, my best bet is probably track running the 1600.”

Krier has received interest from several schools about running track and cross country in college, but he has his mind set on an engineering degree and is willing to tryout as a walk-on to go to the school of his choice.

Given the ground he has already made up in three short years, it’s a safe bet Krier will land on his feet somewhere near the front of the pack.

Photo by Rancier Photography

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat Braves

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat BravesSt. James traveled to Prestwick Country Club on Wednesday to [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyball

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyballThe reigning Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach High [more]

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former school

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former schoolMyrtle Beach football player J.J. Jones has been cleared to [more]

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loop

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loopDespite Hurricane Dorian costing Horry County Schools a week of [more]

Chants capture historic victory over Jayhawks

Chants capture historic victory over JayhawksCoastal Carolina football recorded its first-ever win over a Power [more]

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls Like it did after last year’s state championship games, Horry [more]

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports schedule

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports scheduleHurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall on the [more]

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup titleCoach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his [more]

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers opened their season the same way [more]

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openers

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openersTommy Norwood tried to nix the Gatorade bath. He raised [more]

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootout

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootoutWilliam Welch (West Islip, N.Y.) shot a net 69 (gross [more]

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-match

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-matchThe Carolina Forest girls golf team made a strong showing [more]

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by Warriors

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by WarriorsThe Palmetto State made a strong showing in the Border [more]

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World Am

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World AmBeautiful weather greeted the 3,215 golfers participating in the 36th [more]

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champs

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champsTwo Coast FA boys teams returned home as champions from [more]

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at horn

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at hornMatt Reel sighed more than once when talking about his [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outing

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outingFive Coast FA boys teams entered the Charlotte Invitational over [more]

Hemingway follows family, teammates to Gamecocks

Hemingway follows family, teammates to GamecocksSix minutes after his youngest child had announced his college [more]

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country season

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country seasonBuilding on the success of the track and field season, [more]

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four seniors to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach