In the “lead pipe cinch” department, Chapin’s cross country teams are a pretty good bet to finish in the Top 10 at the state championship meet again this year. The Eagles boys have been a Top 10 team every year since the sport split into three classifications in 1992, while the girls team has dine the same since the three-class format was instituted in 1995.
The beat should go on this Saturday when the Eagles hit the finish line in the Class 3A races at Sandhills Research Park.
The fifth-ranked Eagles boys team made the state cut by finishing third at the Upper State qualifying meet at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, one spot ahead of fourth-ranked Riverside. Carson Barnes paced the Chapin effort with a time of 17 minutes, 22.26 seconds, good for 17trh place. Russell Baker (19th, 17:26.57), Eric Rice (23rd, 17:29.81), Shaun Hinen (26th, 17:38.15) and Heath Lorick (28th, 17:42.55) were the other scoring runners.
The fourth-ranked Eagles girls team finished fourth at the Upper State qualifier behind the three team that are ranked above them on the most recent list. Lannon McCoy was one of 11 runners in the field that achieved a national elite time. McCoy clocked in at 19:42.42, good for seventh place. Ashlee Wilson (18th, 20:26.93), Syndey Frontz (19th, 20:29.66), Olivia Bueno (50th, 21:30.69) and Hannah Shull (58th, 22:00.57) took care of the rest of the scoring.