Mauldin and Riverside, two of the three Greenville County schools in Region 2-AAAA, collected region cross country championships Wednesday at Dorman High School.
Mauldin’s boys team, which ended Dorman’s 10-year hold on the title a year ago, repeated as champion. Riverside’s girls team earned its first title in Class AAAA.
Mauldin’s boys had 44 points. Wade Hampton, competing in AAAA for the first time in 21 years, was runner-up with 53.
“I hate to beat Rick Zeller,” Mauldin coach Delmer Howell said of his counterpart at Wade Hampton, who, like Howell, is a member of the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “Rick is a great coach. I was so glad he was in AAA all those years.”
Mauldin had five of the top 12 finishers: Marc Delisle (fifth, 16:37), Charlie Cook (seventh, 16:46), Zach Girvin (ninth, 16:50), Sawyer Willingham (11th, 16:55) and Ryan Smith (12th, 17:02).
“We had a 500-mile club (in the summer), and a lot of these guys were in it, and I think that made a big difference,” Howell said. “But I guarantee you Wade Hampton puts in more miles than we do. They’re hard workers year after year.”
* Newcomers provided a big lift for Riverside’s girls team, which won a region championship for the first time since 2009.
Allie Arsiniega (19:19) led the Warriors, finishing as runner-up to Spartanburg’s Evie Tate (18:53). Also for the Warriors, Mikie Harris (20:05) was ninth, Emma Spencer (20:06) was 10th, Carly Howell (20:18) was 13th and Savannah Reich (21:08) was 21st.
“Mikie and Emma, it’s their first year running cross country in the region. Those two helped our team tremendously,” Riverside coach Eric Cummings said. “And Savannah, it’s her first year running varsity, so three out of the five are brand new.”
Cummings, who recorded his 100th victory in invitational or championship meets, said the team followed the plan.
“They knew where they had to be, and they hit it dead-on,” he said. “We said it would take 56 points to win, and we scored 55 points.”
Wade Hampton was second with 66.
* Spartanburg’s Bret Freed (16:06) was the boys champion. He was joined on the all-region team by Mauldin’s Delisle and Cook, Wade Hampton’s Ben Boerma (second, 16:24), Logan George (third, 16:26) and Logan White (sixth, 16:38) and Dorman’s Martin Morrow (fourth, 16:26).
The girls all-region team consisted of Tate, Arsiniega, Byrnes’ Emma Jennings (third, 19:37), Wade Hampton’s Caroline Trembly (fourth, 19:38), Gaffney’s Amelia Martin (fifth, 19:42), Dorman’s Ashley Hrubala (sixth, 19:52) and Boiling Springs’ Madison Burkholder (seventh, 19:55).