Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openers

Metrolina Christian Academy of Indian Trail (N.C.) swept the Chief Invitational cross country meet at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex over the weekend.

The Metrolina girls team edged host North Myrtle Beach by a single point, 46-45, for the team title. NMB eighth-grader Isabella Spickler finished third individually with a time of 22:46 to lead the Lady Chiefs. Seniors Wilson Jenerette (23:21) and Havana Charles (23:39) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Myrtle Beach (116) finished fourth in the seven-team field, led by 12th-place Sophia Sedeska (24:38). Socastee (121) was fifth, with Kyla Marques (25:13) leading the way with an 18th-place showing. Conway (136) placed sixth behind Bianca Handl’s (24:33) 19th-place finish, and St. James (139) was last despite a 13th-place showing by Bailee Herstein (24:42).

Metrolina captured the boys title with a total of 39 points by taking five of the top 16 spots. Socastee (59) was runner-up thanks to a 10th-place finish by Tyler Ward (18:40). Led by individual medalist Ryan Hughes (17:23), St. James (62) finished third. Carolina Forest (176), Myrtle Beach (186) and North Myrtle Beach (196) rounded out the eight-team field.

Photo courtesy of NMBHS Athletics

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