May River’s boys captured their first state championship with a dominant performance at the Class 3A Cross Country State Championships on Tuesday in Camden.
All five of the Sharks’ scoring runners placed in the top 25, and their team total of 64 points easily outpaced runner-up Academic Magnet (118) for the third state title in the school’s four-year history. Boys soccer and boys track & field both won titles last spring.
Tristan Kaplan led the Sharks, finishing fourth in 16:19, just 21 seconds behind champion Ronan O’Neill (15:58) of Pendleton. May River teammate Colin Keck (16:30) was next across the line in fifth, followed by Owen Andrews (16:47) in ninth, Sean Hamby (17:11) in 23rd, and Jaxon Beebe (17:15) in 25th.
May River’s girls placed sixth with 205 points.
Emma Peluso led the Sharks with an eighth-place finish in 19:44, 25 seconds off the winning pace set by Woodruff’s Maggie Rhodes.
Gracyn Drury (20:32) was the second Shark across the line in 17th place, while Hailey Horton (59th, 22:09), Caroline Stickler (62nd, 22:12), and Anna Camden Shirley (72nd, 22:49) rounded out the scoring for May River.