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State cross country champs

The Lady Mariner cross country team won first place in the SCACS state meet.

The event was held on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University near Clemson. Junior Hailey Willingham paced the team, earning the individual women's first place time for the second year in a row.

The men's team also did well. Sophomore Miller Gross earned second place in the men's individual competition. Three LPA runners posted their best personal times in the meet, quite an accomplishment considering the hilly college course was the hardest the team had faced all season.

The cross country team is coached by Rachael Morgan and Jennie Lemmon.