As expected, Chapin’s two cross country teams finished in the Top 10 at the 39th annual state cross country championship meet at Sandhills Research Park.
The Eagles boys finished fourth in the Class 3A standings with 141 points, while the girls squad finished in a tie for sixth place with Riverside with 239 points, but had the tie-breaking advantage thanks No. 6 runner Olivia Bueno.
Senior Eric Rice was the only Chapin entry to earn all-state recognition. Rice, who was 56th at state a year ago at the end of the Eagles pack, finished 10th in his career finale with a time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds. Teammates Russell Baker and Carson Barnes just missed make the all-state cut. Barnes, a senior, was 16th in 17:04, while Barnes was 17th in 17:06. Baker was 18th at state in 2007, while Barnes was an all-state runner with a ninth-place finish as a freshman a year ago.
Senior Shaun Hinen (45th, 17:50) and freshman Heath Lorick (59th, 18:09) were Chapin’s other scoring runners on the boys side.
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Freshman Lannon McCoy paced the Eagles girls, finishing 17th with a time of 20:08 after placing 20th at state last season. Ashlee Wilson (19th, 21:14), Syndey Frontz (41st, 20:59), Hannah Shull (71st, 22:01) and Elizabeth Tyner (95th, 22:50) accounted for the rest of Chapin’s 239-point team total. Bueno’s 99th-place finish, three spots ahead of Riverside’s No. 6 runner, was the difference for the Eagles in tie-breaking matters.