So some reason, the Ridge View boys cross country team fell from the top spot in latest SCTCCCA Class 4A rankings early last week, despite a strong showing the previous week at the Wendy’s Invitational in Charlotte.
The Blazers were reward by the voters for that effort with a drop to No. 2 behind Dorman, which been keeping a low profile since winning its own Cavalier Invitational On Sept. 26.
Do rankings matter? No, but Ridge View had a nice response with another win at a big meet last weekend, prevailing by a 41-59 point margin over 4A fifth-ranked Lexington at the Sandhills Invitational on its home course.
Joe Keitt’s championship run set the tone for the Blazers. The junior turned in a national elite time of 16 minutes, 26.66 seconds on the way to first place. He had Top 10 backing from teammate David Jennings (5th, 16:58.01) and Raeven Lantz (10th, 17:16.55).
Step Rembert and Jay Lynch rounded out the all-junior RV top five, placing 12th and 13th, respectively. Rembert clocked in at 17:30.15, Lynch at 17:35.14.