Krier, Conklin post top-10 showings at Sandhills course

St. James’ Billy Krier and Carolina Forest’s Dustin Conklin posted top-10 finishes at the Sandhills Invitational cross country race Saturday in Columbia.

Krier covered the hilly course in 16:28 to lead the Sharks to a 10th-place showing in the 24-team boys division. Conklin finished hot on his heels in a time of 16:30 and helped the Panthers to a fifth-place showing.

Carolina Forest tallied 179 team points, finishing behind winner Wade Hampton (43), Hilton Head (100), Dutch Fork (104) and Stratford (123). Rounding out the Panthers’ top five were Jesse Patrick in 16th (17:05), Robert Reardon in 42nd (17:47), Zach Cuomo in 57th (18:04) and Michael Pieterese in 64th (18:13).

Krier was followed by fellow Sharks (289 points) Corey Morrison in 21st (17:15), Corey Falco in 72nd (18:27), Hunter Brown in 75th (18:29) and Noah Krechel in 122nd (19:50.57).

In girls action, Carolina Forest’s Lisa Pieterse broke the 20-minute mark for an 11th-place finish in 19:27 to help the Lady Panthers (323 points) to a 12th-place showing as a team. Other CF runners to add to the score were Danielle Schroeder in 58th (21:48), Tracy Scalzoff in 67th (22:16), Melinda Gateman in 99th (23:34) and Ashley Cole in 107th (23:49).

St. James tallied 346 points to finish 14th. The Lady Sharks were led by Samantha Cunningham in 44th (21:14), Kelsey Glover in 47th (21:29), Karleigh Jones in 84th (23:00), Felicity Weber in 96th (23:37) and Natalie Feagin in 97th (23:28).

– Photo by Joel Beachum

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