Boys and Girls Cross Country State Champions

SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country both brought home the State Championship titles in the state cross country meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center!

Last year, our Lady Knights became the first girls team to win seven consecutive state titles in the Class AA/A championship, and didn’t slow down one bit for this year, claiming five of the top ten finisher slots.

For girl’s Coach Marie Kernell, this is a landmark victory –  ten straight championships, beginning with two in SCISA before SJCS joined the South Carolina High School League.

Sophomore Ava Dobson had a dominate year as a first-timer in cross country, crossing the finish line Saturday with a time of 18:35, nearly a full minute ahead of second place. Dobson has been named to the all-state team along with Annika Bissinger (third, 20:01), Caroline Linen (fourth, 20:01), Bryn Bissinger, sixth, 20:27) and Brigid Alvis (tenth, 20:48).

The Boys Cross Country victory is their third straight state title and fifth in six years, with five runners named to the all-state team: Brendan McTigue (second, 16:41), Dylan McTigue (sixth, 17:09), Tristan McTigue (seventh, 17:10), Zac Palmer (tenth, 17:15) and Josh Powers (fourteenth, 17:24).

In an interview with the Greenville News, Coach George Carr noted “And I don’t even have any seniors, so this is what you get to look forward to next year.”

Congratulations to both teams and coaches for a dominant victory at the State Finals!