Despite being entered in the lower profile Championship Division on Saturday at the annual Coaches Classic cross country meet, the Dutch Fork girls and boys teams confirmed its Top 10 rankings in the SCTCCCA rankings.
Sophomore Roland Hakes led a stellar showing by the Silver Foxes boys team. Hakes was the individual winner with a time of 16:43, and DF finished in first place with a team score of 94 points, well ahead of runner-up and defending Class 2A state champion Bishop England (187).
Dutch Fork entered the major early season statewide test ranked No. 10 in Class 4A and could move up a place or two when the next polls are released.
Hakes had solid support from senior Grant Pensa, who finished second in 16:49, sophomore Zac Jaynes (19th, 17:32), senior Zachary Duskin (22nd, 17:41) and junior Jesse Richards (50th, 18:14).
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The DF girls team should not lose any footing in the polls with its third-place performance in the lower division. The Silver Foxes, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, can make a case to move up a few spots, based on a comparison of time by their scoring runner in relation to other ranked teams running in the elite International Division.
Samantha Hughes capped a great week by joining Hakes at the top of the individual winner’s stand with the top time of 19:25. It was the fourth fastest time turned in any a 4A runner in both divisions. Hughes won the Lexington County title with a time of 19:21 three days before the Coaches Classic.
Hughes had Top 10 company in senior Michelle Arms, who finished seventh in 20:11. Freshman Amelia Syfert (33rd, 21:27), freshman Haley Saxby (42nd, 21:50) and junior Kyle Spirek (101st, 23:16) were the other points contributing runners.