Bishops run away with top prize at Pee Dee Cross Country Invitational
The Bishop England boys’ cross country team traveled to West Florence High School Saturday to compete in the Pee Dee Cross Country Invitational, and the journey was well worth it.
The Bishops claimed the top spot in the 12-team meet, and it wasn’t even close. The Bishops captured gold with 29 points to outdistance A.C. Flora, which tallied 76 points. West Florence was third with 128.
Coach Tony Colizzi was impressed with his runners’ efforts.
“The meet did go well,” he said. “Many of the kids had good races. The boys have a good chance of winning state but the competition is tough. We are currently strong through our top four runners but we need to find two or three more strong runners to have a good shot at state. The boys’ team also has a lot of freshmen who are really starting to improve.”
The Bishops dominated. Sam Boykin covered the course in 16 minutes and 45 seconds to win by a whopping 21 seconds. Teammate Logan Desciak was fourth in 17:21. Aidan Richter and Mark Richter finished in sixth and seventh places with respective times of 17:27 and 17:44. The Bishops’ Colin Costello and Daniel Infante also placed in the top 13.
Waccamaw won the girls’ meet with 23 points. A.C. Flora was second with 64 and BE claimed third in the 11-team meet with 83 points.
Freshman Annika Deveau led the Bishop girls with a fifth-place finish of 21:45. Patricia George was right behind with a time of 21:58. Mary Wallace Rainero placed eighth.
“The girls’ team is small (eight runners) this year and we only have two returning from last year,” Colizzi said. “However, we have some very good runners. Deveau, George, and Mary Wallace Rainero all placed in the top 10 this past weekend at the Pee Dee Classic. They should continue to lead our team and hopefully we can get a few other girls to improve their times as we get closer to the end of the season.”
It was a rough week for Daniel Island area high school football teams, which resumed play after an unexpected off week due to Tropical Storm Florence.
Bishop England dropped a 38-14 decision at Woodland to fall to 1-3 on the season.
Hanahan couldn’t solve Timberland’s pressure defense and lost a 29-0 road game to the Wolves. The Hawks also are 1-3.
Philip Simmons fell to 1-4, dropping a 44-6 decision at home to Whale Branch.
This week’s schedule includes one of the area’s best rivalries when Bishop England travels to Hanahan to begin Region 8-AAA play.
The game could be a spark for either team as both have had problems generating offense.
Hanahan tallied only 149 yards in total offense against Timberland. Shiron Hart led the ground game with six carries for 58 yards. Quarterback Mac Blakeney completed 5 of 20 passing for 71 yards.
The Hawks’ defense caused two turnovers. Donald Vanderhorst picked off a pass while Kai Buffalo recovered a fumble.
The Bishops have scored only 59 points in four games with 32 of those points coming in a victory over Philip Simmons.