Cross country notebook

September 26, 2012 

The back-and-forth nature of the Lexington-Wando girls cross country rivalry continued at last weekend’s Lake Murray Invitational at Crooked Creek Recreational Park in Chapin.

In the latest confrontation, No. 2 Lexington nipped top-ranked Wando 99-107 to force another reassessment in the Class 4A poll. Wando vaulted over Lexington with a win at the Coaches Classic meet a few weeks ago.

This time the Wildcats had a stronger top-to-bottom effort. Wando’s top three runners hit the finish line before any Lexington runner made it through the course, but it was not enough to offset the tighter Wildcat pack.

Meri Heneage was the lead Lexington runner, finishing 14th in 19 minutes, 17.66 seconds. Heneage had plenty of support from Haylee Love (17th, 19:35.56), Katelin Killman (18th, 19:52.79), Bari Robinson (24th, 19:52.79) and Kaitlyn Keene (28th, 19:55.18).

The other big Midlands stories at the major event were provided by the Heathwood Hall girls team and outstanding individual efforts by Dutch Fork’s Chris Stafford and Hope Whisman, Eau Claire’s Omar Sharif, Airport’s Megan Stahlberger, Dreher’s Nick Putnam and Hammond’s Catherine Herring.

SCISA title contender Heathwood Hall continued to impress as major meets. The Highlanders won a division championship at the Coaches Classic, and turned in a strong seventh-place finish at Lake Murray. Brooke Grice (9th, 18:51.88), Sydney Ellen (12th, 18:59.99), Anna Mitcham (58th, 20:35.78), Kate Nassab (60th, 20:37.47) and Molly Joseph (70th, 20:48.17) were Heathwood’s scoring runners.

Stafford had the highest individual finish of any Midlands runner – placing second behind Porter-Gaud’s Brent Demarest. Stafford clocked in at 15:42.71 and helped the Silver Foxes finish seventh. Dutch Fork was the only Midlands boys team to crack the top 10The back-and-forth nature of the Lexington-Wando girls cross country rivalry continued at last weekend’s Lake Murray Invitational at Crooked Creek Recreational Park in Chapin.

In the latest confrontation, No. 2 Lexington nipped top-ranked Wando 99-107 to force another reassessment in the Class 4A poll. Wando vaulted over Lexington with a win at the Coaches Classic meet a few weeks ago.

This time the Wildcats had a stronger top-to-bottom effort. Wando’s top three runners hit the finish line before any Lexington runner made it through the course, but it was not enough to offset the tighter Wildcat pack.

Meri Heneage was the lead Lexington runner, finishing 14th in 19 minutes, 17.66 seconds. Heneage had plenty of support from Haylee Love (17th, 19:35.56), Katelin Killman (18th, 19:52.79), Bari Robinson (24th, 19:52.79) and Kaitlyn Keene (28th, 19:55.18).

The other big Midlands stories at the major event were provided by the Heathwood Hall girls team and outstanding individual efforts by Dutch Fork’s Chris Stafford and Hope Whisman, Eau Claire’s Omar Sharif, Airport’s Megan Stahlberger, Dreher’s Nick Putnam and Hammond’s Catherine Herring.

SCISA title contender Heathwood Hall continued to impress as major meets. The Highlanders won a division championship at the Coaches Classic, and turned in a strong seventh-place finish at Lake Murray. Brooke Grice (9th, 18:51.88), Sydney Ellen (12th, 18:59.99), Anna Mitcham (58th, 20:35.78), Kate Nassab (60th, 20:37.47) and Molly Joseph (70th, 20:48.17) were Heathwood’s scoring runners.

Stafford had the highest individual finish of any Midlands runner – placing second behind Porter-Gaud’s Brent Demarest. Stafford clocked in at 15:42.71 and helped the Silver Foxes finish seventh. Dutch Fork was the only Midlands boys team to crack the top 10.

Whisman was the top Midlands female runner with a third-place effort in 18:21.58.

Defending Class 2A state champion Omar Sharif, an individual division champion at the Coaches Classic, was four in the all-class boys varsity race with a time of 15:49.35.

Stahlberger (18:24.31) was fourth in the girls division, Putnam (15:49.35) finished fifth behind Sharif and Herring augment a solid showing by SCISA runners with a seventh-place effort and a time of 18:49.75.

with a seventh-place finish.

Whisman was the top Midlands female runner with a third-place effort in 18:21.58.

Defending Class 2A state champion Omar Sharif, an individual division champion at the Coaches Classic, was four in the all-class boys varsity race with a time of 15:49.35.

Stahlberger (18:24.31) was fourth in the girls division, Putnam (15:49.35) finished fifth behind Sharif and Herring augment a solid showing by SCISA runners with a seventh-place effort and a time of 18:49.75.

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