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Gregory leads IL cross country in state field

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Warriors' teams each place 14th

By The Staff

The Indian Land High School cross country teams wrapped up their seasons Saturday at the Class AA state cross country meet at the Sandhills Research Park in Columbia. 

The IL boys team finished 14th in the field of 24 boys teams, the same as  year. The IL girls team also finished 14th in its field of 20 schools 

IL boys place 14th

Bishop England High won the AA boys state meet with 53 points and an average time of 16:57.80, followed by Liberty High School with 81 points and an average of 17:15.80.

Indian Land was 14th with 388 points and an average time of 19:03.

A total of 171 boys competed in the state 5k meet. 

Eau Claire High’s Omar Sharif finished first with a time of 16:21. Bishop England’s Gabe Thesing was second at 16:22.

IL junior James Gregory finished 11th to lead the Indian Land boys with a time of 17:08, a minute faster than in last year’s state race. 

IL senior Colton Helms finished 53rd at 18:22. Freshman Leith Rawson was 82nd at 19:00. Sophomore Matthew Hajek was 120th at 20:09. Freshman Landon Cook was 132nd at 20:39. Junior Ian Frais was 140th at 20:55. Sophomore Conner Traitwein was 159th at 22:19.

Lady Warriors 14th

A total of 143 girls competed in the state 5k. 

Pendleton High won the AA girls state meet for the second year in a row with 69 points and an average time of 20:43.40, followed by Waccamaw High School with 86 points and an average of 21:46.40.

Indian Land finished 14th with 346 points and an average time of 23:35.40.                 

Liberty eighth-grader Hanan Balawi finished first with a time of 18:42. Waccamaw’s Grace Barnett was second at 19:47.

Seventh-grader Tianah Miller finished 39th to lead the IL girls with a time of 22:01. IL freshman Sarah Jordan finished 72nd with a time of 23:39, followed closely by teammate junior Imani Jernigan, who finished 73rd at 23:44. IL freshman Kristen Carpenter was 80th at 24:00. IL seventh-grader Katrina Bynum was 90th at 24:33. IL junior Destiny Todd was 127th at 27:03.

Indian Land cross country coach Sara Morris said her runners “should feel proud of their performances” in the state meet.

She said some of the IL girls achieved personal records, including Imani Jernigan, Tianah Miller and Katrina Bynum.

 “Overall, (Indian Land) cross country had a great season,” Morris said. “The girls earned region champs. Tianah Miller earned the girls region title. James Gregory earned the boys region title and all-state runner. Aside from titles, I’ve seen amazing improvement from all the runners that finished the season.”