Stags finish second in cross country meet

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Austin Clewis and Tony Lilly compete in their first home meet at Old Santee Canal Park two weeks ago. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

Berkeley competed in the Coaches Classic Cross Country Meet on Saturday with Stags runners showing their best times of the fall season.
Austin Clewis posted a season-best time of 17:54, 37 seconds better than the 18:31 third-place time from the Summerville-Hanahan tri-meet earlier in the week. Clewis, who has been hampered with foot tendonitis through much of the spring track season, said he is getting stronger every day.
“Improving is amazing,” he said. “I can tell I'm becoming better as a runner.”
Clewis is running at a clip almost two minutes better than the 19-plus minute time from the season’s opening meet.
Tony Lily cut his time by 39 seconds, posting an 18:51 at the Coaches Classic. Earlier Lily ran a 19:32.
Justin Dalton’s 19:13 was almost a full minute lower than his previous time of 20:10.
“All the top five boys improved their times from last week,” said Coach Melissa Hicks. “I am thrilled about the time frame of my third, fourth, and fifth runners.”
According to Hicks meets are won and lost based on the overall placement of a team’s third, fourth and fifth place runners.
“Even though a complete cross country team is seven runners, only the top five score,” she said. “ As a team we are focusing on running together to close the gap between my number one runner and my number five runners.”  
The Stags finished second in last week’s meet against Summerville, Stall and Hanahan. The Green Wave took top spot with 32 points to the Stags’ 55 points and Hawks’ 73 points. The Warriors did not field a complete team so it did not factor in the scoring.
Vance Bailey, who also serves as kicker for the Stags football team, turned double duty over the weekend posting a 20:22 time. Jordan Davis filed a 20:29 time, Aarron Grant 20:37, and Keenan Shine turned in a time of 21:02.
The Stags take part in the Stratford Invitational on Wednesday.

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