Airport’s boys cross country team cracked the Top 10 at the Class 3A state championship meet for the second year in a row on Nov. 8. The Eagles, with junior Jamie Sires in the forefront, grabbed 10th place with 291 points after placing eighth in 2007 with 273 points.
Sires capped a fine season with his second consecutive all-state performance at the season finale. He was eighth with a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds this time after just making the cut a year ago with a 15th place finish and a time of 16:47. Sires was 49th as a freshman in 2006.
Junior Joshua Williams (42nd, 17:47) and seniors Willie Cox (51st, 17:59), Josh Stevenson (100th, 18:50) and Ryan Day (105th, 18:53) were the other Airport scoring runners.
Sires, the Region 5-3A champion, had big-meet wins this season at the Lake Murray and Pelion invitational gatherings and at the Lexington County championships.
The Airport girls finished 17th at state with 498 points, a nice improvement over a year ago when they qualified for the first time in recent memory and placed 21st with 598 points.
The other big item was the individual performance by eighth-grader Megan Stahlberger, who earned all-state recognition with a 15th-place effort and a personal-record time of 19:58.99. Stahlberger was the third highest finisher out of Region 5-3A after she finish fifth at the region championship meet two weeks before state. She was 45th last year in her state-meet debut.
Sophomores MC Driggers (56th, 21:32) and Elizabeth Eskridge (1289th, 22:50), freshman Savannah Austin (133rd, 24:38) and senior Erin Gotterbarm (142nd, 25:25) accounted for the rest of the Aurpirt state scoring.