XC: Bobcats sweep titles; Baker, Arroyo finish 1st at county meet

Bluffton swept the boys and girls team titles at the Beaufort County Cross Country Championships on Saturday, with Bobcats sophomore Earlon Baker winning the boys race and May River star Anya Arroyo blazing to a big win in the girls race.

The Bobcats won the boys crown by 20 points over Hilton Head High with May River in third, John Paul II fourth, and Beaufort fifth. Bluffton used four top-10 finishes to edge the Seahawks by 15 points in the girls standings with May River, Beaufort, and HHCA rounding out the top five.

Baker won a competitive boys race in 16:17, edging the May River duo of Noah Wasserman (16:25) and Cohen MacDonald (16:47) with Hilton Head’s JD Gilman (16:48) in fourth and Bluffton’s Cooper Anderson (17:28) and Tyler McMahan (17:32) leading the next wave. HHCA’s Noah Kaufman (17:38), JPII’s Sebastian Frickel (17:39), CBCCA’s Jackson Wright (17:43), and Hilton Head’s Bryce Broome (17:55) also cracked the top 10.

Arroyo smoked the field in the girls race, finishing in 18:45 with Charlize Antia (20:01) cruising to a runner-up finish with her sister Yzeault Antia (20:59) in third just ahead of Bluffton’s Kalea Barbina (21:06) and Aubrey Sampson (21:28). May River’s Avonlea Hale (21:48) and Hilton Head’s Rosa Ti Olivetti (21:53) led the next surge of finishers, with Bluffton’s Ava Gerschutz (22:03) and Elise Hunt (22:10) and May River’s Abbee Bolin (22:11) rounding out the top 10.

BOYS RESULTS

BOYS TEAM SCORES

Bluffton 40, Hilton Head 60, May River 80, John Paul II 129, Beaufort 149, HHCA 153, CBCCA 163, Holy Trinity 175, Battery Creek 256

GIRLS RESULTS

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

Bluffton 44, Hilton Head 59, May River 71, Beaufort 98, HHCA 133, CBCCA 136, Holy Trinity 161

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