Lakeside freshman Anna Bowles topped off her first year as a competitive cross country runner with a finish at the state meet most experienced senior runners could only dream of.
Bowles took third place overall at the state meet with a time of 19:23. The Panther freshman came up 11.85 seconds behind first-place finisher Kathleen Porte from St. Pius X. Bowles was the top Class AAAA public school girls runner at the meet and helped Lakeside's girls take a 16th place finish as a team.
Greenbrier's girls turned in the best team performance of all the Columbia County squads. The Lady Wolfpack took 12th place overall, with Chelsea Maxwell's 17th-place finish leading the way.
Evans, led by Elena Hubbard's 11th-place finish, took 20th place as a team.
In the boys Class AAAA state race, another Lakeside runner beat out all other Columbia County athletes. Atom Young ran to a 17th place individual finish with a time of 16:56.74. Lakeside's boys took 20th place as a team.
Greenbrier's boys brought home a 14th place finish with Taylor Snyder's 17:30.86 individual effort leading the way.
The South Carolina Independent Schools Association state cross country meet was Oct. 27 at Heathwood Hall in Columbia, S.C. Augusta Christian freshman Stephanie Cipollone took seventh place overall to help her team to a ninth-place finish. Jaiden Brandt's 13th-place finish paced the boys to a 10th place as a team.
Augusta Prep's girls and boys cross country squads competed in the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state meet. Jim Hull earned an individual fourth place overall, and the boys team took second place. The Lady Cavaliers grabbed a fifth-place team finish.
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