On Saturday at Sandhills Research Center, Delmer Howell and the Mauldin boys cross country team added to a long history of success at the state cross country meet.
And Christ Church’s James Quattlebaum simply made history.
Mauldin won the Class AAAA championship, and it came 30 years after Howell guided the Mavericks to their first title.
Mauldin was led by Ryan Smith (11th, 16:12) and Zach Girvin (14th, 16:16), both of whom made the all-state team. The Mavericks finished with 99 points, just ahead of Wade Hampton (104) and Wando (109).
“I told them the points to emphasize, what to do, how to run it,” said Howell, in his 31st season as Mauldin’s coach, “and I said, ‘Don’t let anybody take from you what’s yours.’ This is really a tribute to these great kids.”
Howell has led Mauldin’s boys to six championships and the girls to 10.
Hillcrest’s Will Barlow also made the AAAA all-state team, finishing eighth in 16:07.
Quattlebaum, a senior at Christ Church, became the first boy in South Carolina to win four individual titles in a row. He won the Class A race with the fastest time of the day, a personal best of 15:15.
Running alone at the front, Quattlebaum finished 49 seconds ahead of runner-up Micah Williams of Greer Middle College.
“It means a lot,” Quattlebaum said of becoming the first to four-peat. “I didn’t know that nobody’s ever done that before. It’s really amazing.”
Quattlebaum’s team came in second to Region 2-A rival St. Joseph’s, which repeated as state champion. The Knights edged the Cavaliers by two points, the Cavaliers’ margin over the Knights in the region meet.
“Today, a lot of the boys ran the best race of their lives, and we needed that,” St. Joseph’s coach George Carr said. “Region was a tough loss, and they came back today and really showed what they’ve got.”
The Knights had five on the all-state team: Ford McCoy (third, 16:48), Luke Lepak (sixth, 17:03), Carter Powell (eighth, 17:07), Nathan Petrofes (10th, 17:20) and Patrick Houdak (15th, 17:43).
The others on the all-state team were Christ Church’s Walker Cullen (fourth, 16:53), Worth Gentry (12th, 17:27), A.J. McCallum (13th, 17:29) and Alex Goldsmith (14th, 17:39); Greenville Tech’s Hamilton Martin (fifth, 16:58) and Yanni Koutsioukis (11th, 17:26); Brashier Middle College’s Bradley Garrett (seventh, 17:06) and Southside Christian’s Jacob Dance (ninth, 17:11).
In Class AAA, Daniel’s Gabe Haughey took the lead for good over River Bluff’s Tony Morales with about 800 meters left and won with a time of 15:17.
“I gave it everything I had the second time I passed him,” Haughey said. “He didn’t pass me again, and I just kicked from then on for the rest of the race.”
Among the others on the Class AAA all-state team were Daniel’s Jacob Slann (fourth, 15:44), Eastside’s Grant Wilson (15:48), Daniel Wade (ninth, 16:03) and Alex Lucking (10th, 16:11); Travelers Rest’s Sam DiBridge (11th, 16:16) and Greenville’s Parker Dowe (12th, 16:17).
In Class AA, Liberty’s Abraham Balawi (13th, 17:11) made the all-state team.