The Wando girls went 33 years without a state championship in cross country. The Warriors shouldn't have to wait as long to capture their next state title.
Two years ago, Wando won its first title since 1976 by topping the field at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia. Although the season is young, the Warriors seem primed to capture another title.
Wando rolled to its second championship of the season, capturing the International Division of the Coaches Classic with an 82-155 victory over Dorman. Throw in a victory at the Eye Opener in Spartanburg and you have team that has vaulted from No. 7 to No. 1 in the state rankings.
"It wasn't until this weekend that it actually meant something," coach Marie Domin said. "Every team in the state was at the meet, and we looked strong. Right now, I feel we have a good chance to win the state title. But it's early.
"I compare this team with the 2009 team, and there's a lot in common," Domin added. "They work together and have fun. That 2009 team had great talent and great leadership. This team has great leaders and works together in meets and practices."
Wando's big day included three runners finishing in the top 15. Junior Georgia Compton finished fourth overall with a time of 19:10, which is second-fastest in school history, trailing Lauren Dinicola's mark of 19:05.
Domin thinks Compton can crack the 19:00 barrier by the end of the season, which concludes Nov. 5 with the state meet. Melissa Fairey and Rosa Marie Compton, Georgia's younger sister, both finished in the top 15. Fairey had a 19:47 clocking, while the younger Compton ran the 5-kilometer course in 19:48. It was only third time she ran a 5K.
"Georgia grew up running, Domin said. "She's been running cross country since the eighth grade. She's got a great attitude and has been a top-10 finisher at the state. Rosa Marie is in her first year. She didn't grow up running, but she's shown she has the talent.
Other members of the team who competed Saturday were Megan Lowry, Lucy Rummler, Gabby Milton and Anna Fairey.
Bishop England won the boys championship division with a 109-160 victory over Blythewood.
Nathan Leach led the Bishops with a third-place finish of 16:51, and Gabe Thesing also finished in the top 10.
Fort Dorchester quarterback Ethan Long continues to put up impressive numbers for the Patriots.
Long has been The Post and Courier's football offensive player of the week for two weeks in a row -- and for good reason.
Two weeks ago, he passed for 336 yards and five TDs in a 42-27 victory over Irmo.
He managed to put up even better numbers over the weekend in a 49-45 victory over Beaufort. He completed 31 of 42 passes for 433 yards and five touchdowns. He added another touchdown on a 1-yard run.
For the season, the 6-4 senior has completed 71 of 113 passes for 1,058 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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