Pieterses sweep; Socastee, St. James claim team titles

MchCarolina Forest’s brother-sister tandem of Lisa and Michael Pieterse took first place in Saturday’s Pee Dee Classic cross country meet at Florence’s Freedom Park.

But the Panthers didn’t have enough Pieterses to take the team titles from a pair of Grand Strand squads. The St. James boys and Socastee girls captured their respective division championships.

Michael Pieterse completed the 5K course in 17:23. Conway’s Shane Moody was the only other local finisher in the top five, placing fifth in 17:52.

But St. James and Socastee put a number of athletes in the top 25. The Sharks taking top team honors followed by Socastee in second place.

Lisa Pieterse ran away with the girls title in a time of 19:08, followed by St. James’ runner-up Kelsey Glover in 20:19. Conway’s Kenia Smith and Alyssa Waibel finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

But Socastee placed six girls in the top 25 to easily take a team championship, winning by more than 50 points.

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