The Lake Pointe Mariners ran in the SCACS state finals last Saturday on the SIM campus in Fort Mill. Running against seven other schools, a majority of the LPA's participants set new personal records with their finishing times.
The Mariners finish 6th overall, the girls' team finished 3rd, and all three seniors placing in the top ten of their groups--Isaiah Mayhall finished fourth in the guy's run while Haden Mccarter finished 3rd and Emma Shearer finished 7th in the girl's race.Congratulation on a great season, cross country runners!
The girls' Cross Country team combined for third place in the Fall 2016 SCACS state meet. The Mariner ladies were led by junior Haden McCarter, who finished in second place overall.
The boys' team also paced very well. Several runners scored personal best times in the Saturday competition. Congratulations runners!
The 2015 SCACS league state cross country meet enjoyed picture-perfect fall weather. The Mariner teams and individual runners took advantage of the crisp, sunny, and dry conditions to perform well against a field of strong runners from all over South Carolina.
Many Mariners posted their personal-best times in the race, which meandered through the wooded trails of the SIM ministry campus near Carowinds in Fort Mill. When the dust settled after the two races, green and silver were the colors of success. The Lady Mariners captured first place, while their male teammates earned second place in the men's race. Adding the smiles, the individual first place awards were both earned by LPA student-athletes.
Coach Beth Donnelly gave credit to the hard work of the individual students and their hard work in training and exercises the past few months. She pointed out that the teams enjoyed really meaningful practices in the days leading up the state meet. Fruit follows growth, cultivating, and pruning!
Lady Mariners: Team first place
- Haden McCarter 1st place
- Shauna Somerville 2nd place
- Emma Shearer 3rd place
- Peighton Quin 6th place
Mariner Men: Team second place
Individuals (top 4 finishers form the team time)
- Isaiah Mayhall 1st place
- Solomon Mayhall 9th place
- Ben Judd 12th place
- Tiernan Donnelly 18th place
Hayden McCarter is in familiar territory: out front.
The swift sophomore took first place in this month's earlier home meet against South Point and Walnut Grove. Wednesday, in a Clover High-hosted meet that included York Comprehensive High, McCarter placed top 5 in the women's race.
Coach Beth Donnely has strong hopes that the summer training will continue to pay off in stronger finishes for all her runners. If that's the case, McCarter is setting a strong pace.
Having won top female honors in last year's SCACS league, the tenth grader is a strong contender to repeat at number one at the SCACS state meet in late October.
LPA held its first cross country home meet of the season, hosting the South Point Patriots of Pageland and the Warriors of Walnut Grove. Lake Pointe's course is a challenging combination of hills, open field, and wooded areas, but a hot, summer sun added real difficulty.
Mariner runners were the fastest in both the men's and women's races, with Hayden McCarter setting the pace for the ladies and with Isaiah Mayhall coming from behind to capture the top spot for the guys.
The Mariners won the ladies' meet, while South Point was first in the men's race.