Dutch Fork sophomore Roland Hakes has been all about getting to the finish line first in the early potion of the 2009 cross country season.
Hakes is now 4-for-4 at major meets after placing sixth at the Eye Opener meet in late Augusta, claiming the top spot at Saturday’s Lake Murray Invitational hosted by Chapin at Crooked Creek Park. The emerging star had his slowest time of the season (17:21) but won by his biggest margin of the season – 10 seconds.
Hakes’ win streak began with a 16:41 effort at the Lexington County Championships on Sept 9, followed three days later by a 16:43 performance that was good for first place in the Championship Division at the Coaches Classic Invitational. He had a 16:26 at full Region 5-4A gathering held three days prior to Lake Murray.
With Hakes and senior Grant Pensa setting the pace, Dutch Fork has been impressive as a team. The Silver Foxes tied Chapin for second place at Lake Murray, but officially finished third with the tiebreaker was factored in. DF was the Championship Division champion at the Coaches Classic meet.
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Dutch Fork had four Top 10 runners at Lake Murray. Penda finished sixth in 17:35, Zac Jaynes was eighth (17:44) and Zachary Duskin was 10th (17:55).
The Silver Foxes girls team also continued its strong early-season showing, finishing second behind Class 4A No. 2 Mauldin. Samantha Hughes was second to Mauldin star Alexa Neiling with a 19:53,66 on the tough course. She ran a personal-record 18:55.78 in winning the full Region 5-4A race last Wednesday.
Hughes had strong support at Lake Murray from teammates Michelle Arms (5th, 20:24), Haley Saxby (13th, 21:28), Amelia Syfert (19th, 21:39) and Hannah Martin (41st, 22:53).