Lexington’s boys and girls cross country team and the Spring Valley boys made compelling cases for Top 10 standings in Class 4A on Saturday at Sandhills Research Center.
All three teams were not ranked in either of the first two SCTCCCA polls this season. That should change when the new lists are released next week.
Lexington’s boys capped a big week by finishing fifth, just four points behind fourth-place Stratford, in the elite International Division at the annual Coaches Classic gathering after winning the Lexington County title three days before. The youthful Wildcats girls, making a dramatic turnaround under Hall of Fame coach Catherine Lempesis, backed up their county title run by placing eighth overall and sixth among 4A teams in the International Division at the Classic.
Veteran seniors Will Belue and Drew Harris paced the Wildcats boys. Belue was 16th with a time of 16:50, while Harris was 30th in 17:12. Jay Lloyd (37th, 17:25), Alex Haulbrook (39th, 17:26) and Tony Morales (57th, 17:43) were the other scoring runners.
Junior Beka Rush was the pace setter for the LHS girls, finishing 35th in 21:07. She had solid backing from seventh-graders Haylee Love (42nd, 21:21) and Katlin Killman (44th, 21:23) and freshmen Meri Heneage (48th, 21:27) and Val Feliciano (64th, 21:56).
Spring Valley, which is looking for a 12th straight Top 10 state finish in November, finished right behind Lexington in the final boys International Division tabulations.
Junior William Ivey led the veteran Vikings to a team score of 196 points by placing seventh with a time of 16:28. Senior Matt Johnson (19th, 16:58), senior Mike Johnson (51st, 17:37), senior Zach Parker (60th, 17:48) and freshman Connor McCormack (62nd, 17:51) rounded out the SV scoring.