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The Lancaster High School girls cross country team capped a solid season with a 13th finish in the Class AAAA field.
LHS sophomore JeNae Jones ran 20:16 to lead the Lady Bruins’ effort, placing 36th overall.
Jennell Jones, a sophomore, ran a 20:34 to place 48th overall.
Jazmyne Jones ran a 21:21 to place 70th overall. Eden Christopher was 73rd wth a 21:25.
Brooke Penegar, a LHS sophomore, was 77th with a 21:35.
Junior Reagam Latham ran a 22:03 to place 84th and Tyson Blanton, a junior, posted a 22:41 to complete the Lancaster effort.
“To make it as far as possible in high school cross country two years in a row is a huge accomplishment and our girls should be very proud of that,” LHS cross country coach Josh Pauling said. “The girls had an outstanding season with an overall record of 15-3. They finished as runner-up only to Spartanburg High School at the region championship, and set new PRs at big races this season.
“It’s an outstanding group of young ladies who are a joy to work with – and all top seven varsity runners will be back next year,” he said.
The LHS boys finished 9-10 on the season.
“After Losing our top five varsity runners from last year, it was a challenging season for the boys. They were determined to improve throughout the year and finished the season with positive signs for the future setting new PRs and cutting large amounts of time. Six of our seven varsity runners will be back next year.
“The key with this sport is building and maintaining a mileage base in the off-season, and this group of runners is realizing the importance of that.
“As they take more ownership of that important aspect of cross country, we look for more improvement to come.
“We will say goodbye to three seniors this year, who were all new to cross country. They were some of the most committed during summer conditioning, and it proved to be worth it as they all became important contributors to the team,” Pauling said.
The Lancaster High School senior runners are Jonah Crenshaw, Brittany Scott and Whitney Scott.
“We wish them the best and hope that they can carry the lessons of running cross country with them into their future and continue a life of health and exercise,” he said.