Batesburg-Leesville will have two teams on hand at the Class 2A state cross country championship meet on Saturday at Sandhills Research Park.
The Panthers boys team advanced to state for the fourth year in a row by placing ninth at the Class 2A Upper State qualifying meet at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Junior Kurt Bostelaar led the way with a solid 12th-place finish and a time of 17 minutes, 41.42 seconds. Scoring support was provided by junior James Coleman (36th, 18:46.36), sophomore Ramon Foulks (52nd, 19:32.39), eighth-grader Brandon James (56th, 19:38.24) and freshman Milton Jackson (86th, 21:02.87).
The goal at state is to improve on last season’s best-ever showing at state when the Panthers finished 18th with 487 points.
The all middle-school-age girls team made the state grade after falling short last season. The Panthers did so by finishing 11th with 305 points. Eighth-grader Alkeiver Cannon led the pack, finishing 27th in 22:16.25. Seventh-grader Cambey Reep (42nd, 22:47.23), eighth-grader Kaliyah Andrews (54th, 23:23.88), seventh-grader Kaitie Counts (90th, 25:43.95) and eighth-grader Imani Cannon rounded out the B-L scoring lineup.