COLUMBIA – Clinton High School’s cross country teams competed in the Class 3A state championships on Saturday, with the boys finishing 14th and the girls 16th.
Senior Eric Newton produced the Red Devils’ best individual finish, finishing 34th in the boys’ competition at a time of 17:37. Other Clinton runners were Nick Perkins at 18:15, Zac Bagwell at 19:02, David Wilkie 19:06, Billy Hogarth 19:14, Keenan Dominick 19:19, and Joey Ardelt 22:04.
“I’m extremely proud of our guys,” coach Lee Atkinson said. “They had a fantastic season. County champions. Region champions. Fourteenth in the state.”
Bishop England was the state champion, followed in order by Waccamaw, May River, Academic Magnet and Powdersville. The last two tied for fifth.
Senior Paige Trent led the girls with a time of 21:54, good for 47th place. Other Clinton runners were Dorothy Trent at 22:27, Jakota Wall at 23:10, Zoe Carles 24:28 and Eryka Richard 25:57.
Woodruff’s Maggie Rhodes won her third straight individual state title with a time of 18:48. Seneca won the team title, followed in order by Waccamaw, May River, Pendleton and Academic Magnet.