By Justin Jarrett
Bluffton swept the boys and girls team titles at the Beaufort County Cross Country Championships on Saturday, with Bobcats sophomore Earlon Baker winning the boys race and May River star Anya Arroyo blazing to a big win in the girls race.
Beaufort High’s girls finished fourth, buoyed by Charlize and Yzeault Antia’s second- and third-place finishes, while the Eagles were fifth in the boys standings, and John Paul II’s boys surged to fourth behind Sebastian Frickel’s eighth-place finish.
Baker won a competitive boys race in 16:17, edging the May River duo of Noah Wasserman (16:25) and Cohen MacDonald (16:47) with Hilton Head’s JD Gilman (16:48) in fourth and Bluffton’s Cooper Anderson (17:28) and Tyler McMahan (17:32) leading the next wave. HHCA’s Noah Kaufman (17:38), Frickel (17:39), CBCCA’s Jackson Wright (17:43), and Hilton Head’s Bryce Broome (17:55) also cracked the top 10.
Arroyo smoked the field in the girls race, finishing in 18:45 with Charlize Antia (20:01) cruising to a runner-up finish with Yzeault (20:59) in third just ahead of Bluffton’s Kalea Barbina (21:06) and Aubrey Sampson (21:28). May River’s Avonlea Hale (21:48) and Hilton Head’s Rosa Ti Olivetti (21:53) led the next surge of finishers, with Bluffton’s Ava Gerschutz (22:03) and Elise Hunt (22:10) and May River’s Abbee Bolin (22:11) rounding out the top 10.
Beaufort County Cross Country Championships
Boys: Bluffton 40, Hilton Head 60, May River 80, John Paul II 129, Beaufort 149, HHCA 153, CBCCA 163, Holy Trinity 175, Battery Creek 256
Girls: Bluffton 44, Hilton Head 59, May River 71, Beaufort 98, HHCA 133, CBCCA 136, Holy Trinity 161