Lexington’s strong cross country season continued at the Sandhills Invitational on Saturday. The Wildcats boys and girls teams both finished in second place.
The Class 4A fifth-ranked boys team finished 15 points behind No. 2 Ridge View in the final tabulations with sophomore Colby Coulter and seniors Will Belue and Drew Harris all cracking the Top 10.
Coulter was third Ridge View’s Joe Keitt and Dutch Fork’s Roland Hakes at the finish line, clocking in at 16 minutes, 43.93 seconds. Keitt had a winning time of 16:26.66. Belue (17:05.84) and Harris (17:16.04) finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
Junior Jay Lloyd (14th, 17:35.46 and freshman Erik Wendt (26th, 18:08.16) were Lexington’s other scoring runners.
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The Wildcats girls’ team, ranked. No. 7, may end of losing ground in the next poll because the youthful team was beaten out for first place by a familiar foe - ninth-ranked Dutch Fork. It was the third head-to-head clash of the season at a major meet for the two Midlands rivals. DF now has a 2-1 edge vs. Lexington. The Wildcats beat out the Silver Foxes for first place at the Lexington County meet, but has since finish below DF at Sandhills and Lake Murray. The Silver Foxes winning margin on Saturday was 53-71.
Seventh-grader Haylee Love and freshman Valeria Feliciano had Top 10 efforts at Sandhills. Love was third with a time of 20:00.86, while Feliciano was ninth in 21:17.60.
Seventh-grader Katelin Killman (13th, 21:34.24) and freshmen Meri Henenage (17th, 22:03.74) and Rochelle Kellis (30th, 23:08.71) closed out the Lexington scoring.