Airport’s Jamie Sires placed sixth individually and Lexington cracked the Top 10 team list in both divisions at the Eye Opener Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Spartanburg.
The Midlands individual was Sires, who finished sixth overall with a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds. The Eagles junior standout was the third fastest South Carolina entry behind meet champion Aaron Ramirez of Woodmont and Jordan Plumblee of Blue Ridge. Plumblee finished fourth, 10 seconds ahead of Spires. The Eagles, however, did not figure in the team scoring because they had only four runners on hand.
Lexington’s boys finished seventh, while the Wildcats girls placed 10th. There were 52 teams in boys division, 45 in the girls.
Junior Will Belue was the pacesetter for the boys, placing 40th with a time of 18:10. Lexington’s other scoring runners were senior David Wilson (68th, 18:44), sophomore Jay Lloyd (72nd, 18:49), junior Drew Harris (76th, 18:53) and senior William Craig (87th, 19:10).
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Sophomore Beka Rush led the girls team with a time of 22:29, which was good for a 40th-place finish. Senior Whitney Drozd (53rd, 22:39), sophomore Dani Callari (69th, 23:13), senior Megan Gyauch (24:00) and junior Anna Kay Talmage (25:03) round out the scoring lineup.