Beaufort High runners claim all-state honors

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Both the boys and girls school records fell and five Beaufort High runners earned all-state recognition at the Class 4A Cross Country State Championships Nov. 19 in Camden.

Beaufort’s boys finished fourth overall and had three runners in the top 12, led by runner-up Marlon Belden, who finished in a school-record 15:10 but didn’t have quite enough kick to catch Greer’s Coen Roberts down the stretch. Teammate Nash Mills (16:09) placed 10th, and Maxwell Davis (16:15) was 12th. Charlie Bennett (75th, 18:00) and Connor Eby (81st, 18:08) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.

Beaufort’s girls placed eighth among 18 teams, as Shannon Smith (18:45) and Charlize Antia (18:51) finished second and third behind champion Mari Cagle Lockhart of Daniel, who finished in 18:16. Smith reestablished the program record with her 5K time. Anna Brown was 36th in 20:37, and Isabel Vega (97th, 22:48) and Katelyn Roberts (125th, 24:16) rounded out the Eagles’ scoring.

Hilton Head High’s girls won the team title, posting a team total of 61 points to easily defeat runner-up Greenville (92) and earn their first Class 4A title and their sixth overall. HHIHS won five Class 3A titles in an eight-year stretch from 2008-15. 

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