AREA CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS RUN FOR A CAUSE

Spartanburg Christian Academy’s Logan Morris finished first in a course record 18:38 as runners from several schools competed in the SCA Warrior Invitational cross country meet at Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park in Boiling Springs on Monday.

Chesnee’s River Lawrence and Spartanburg Christian Academy’s Logan Morris set new course records to win individual titles at the SCA Warrior Invitational on Monday at Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park.
 
But, the cross country meet wasn’t all about winning. It also served as a fundraiser for U.S. Olympic runner Lopez Lomong.
 
Lomong, originally from South Sudan, was taken from his family by rebels at the age of 6 and forced to join the Peoples Liberation Army during the Sudanese conflicts. Lomong was able to escape to a refugee camp in Kenya, living on rations for several years, before relocating to the United States. He was adopted by an American family, became a citizen and competed in the previous two Olympics.
 
Lomong has since partnered with World Vision to offer care, support and a better future for families in his home country.
 
SCA sold wristbands with the phrase “Be the ONE” during the meet, raising more than $500 for the cause. Warriors coach Steve Conway said seeing several Upstate teams come together in support was heartwarming.
 
“Sports are great. I love sports. But, it can’t be just about winning or trophies. It’s got to be about something more,” he said. “Those that make winning or trophies their God will ultimately be empty. Today was about encouraging them to be the one, just like our bracelet says.”
 
Lawrence finished with a time of 17:10, while Jehu Jackson (Carolina HomeSchool) was second with a 17:48. Lawrence said earning the win, along with helping out others, was rewarding.
 
“It feels good. It’s my second win out of four races I’ve been in,” he said. “I got top three in all four of them, so I’m pretty pumped and ready to get into the region. There is nothing like coming out to a race and supporting someone else. It’s always my best intention to help someone else out instead of myself.”
 
Morris broke her own record with an 18:38, while Carolina Homeschool’s Olivia Evans was second with a 19:29. Morris was also pleased with her result and success of the fundraiser.
 
“I know the course, so that helps a lot. I know where the markers are and where the hills are, so it’s a lot easier,” she said. “It makes the race so much easier because you know you are running for someone else instead of you or your school. It’s great to actually come out and win with that on your mind.”
 
St. Joseph’s boys and girls swept the team titles. The boys defeated Carolina Homeschool 59-61, while the girls topped SCA 44-58. Carolina Homeschool coach Ken Roach was pleased with his team’s effort.
 
“We’re trying hard,” he said. “We’re pushing, and I know the guys really wanted to do well today. That’s a great finish, and we’re proud of that.”
 
Landrum’s boys and girls finished third. Spartanburg Day was fourth in the boys race, followed by SCA. Chesnee placed seventh, while Oakbrook Prep was ninth.
 
Carolina Homeschool’s girls placed fourth, while Spartanburg Day and Westgate Christian finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
 
RESULTS
 
Boys Team
 
1. St. Joseph’s 59; 2. Carolina Homeschool 61; 3 Landrum 74; 4. Spartanburg Day 110; 5. Spartanburg Christian Academy 136; 6. Southside Christian 157; 7. Chesnee 163; 8. Greenville Tech 183; 9. Oakbrook Prep 275; 10. Newberry Academy 304
 
Individuals
 
1. River Lawrence (Chesnee) *17:10; 2. Jehu Jackson (Carolina Homeschool) 17:48; 3. Addison Helms (Greenville Tech) 17:49; 4. Matt Green (Carolina Homeschool) 17:52; 5. Carter Powell (St. Joseph’s) 18:02; 6. Connor Vogt (St. Joseph’s) 18:03; 7. Ben Christopher (SCA) 18:20; 8. Troy Hodge (Landrum) 18:25; 9. Caleb Bouwkamp (Landrum) 18:27; 10. Walker Tiller (Spartanburg Day) 18:29
 
Girls Team
 
1. St. Joseph’s 44; 2. Spartanburg Christian Academy 58; 3. Landrum 77; 4. Carolina Homeschool 90; 5. Southside Christian 110; 6. Spartanburg Day 120; 7. Westgate Christian 230; 8. Greenville Tech 239
 
Individuals
 
1. Logan Morris (Spartanburg Christian Academy) *18:38; 2. Olivia Evans (Carolina Homeschool) 19:29; 3. Keyes Gilmer (St. Joseph’s) 20:00; 4. Sara Catherine Masachi (St. Joseph’s) 20:15; 5. Carol Lewis (St. Joseph’s) 20:22; 6. Martha Coleman (Carolina Homeschool) 20:46; 7. Madison Burgess (SCA) 20:52; 8. Mary Chandler (Southside Christian) 21:01; 9. Hannah Ward (SCA) 21:18; 10. Sydney Newsom (Southside Christian) 21:35