Lexington’s boys and the Dutch Fork girls ran to victory at last week’s Region 5-4A cross country championship meet.
Sixth-ranked Lexington finished with a commanding 25-52 advantage over eighth-ranked Dutch Fork in the final boys standings.
Colby Coulter set the pace for the winning Wildcats with a second-place finish behind Dutch Fork champion Roland Hakes with a time of 16:17.06. Lexington’s four other scoring runners had all-region performances – Will Belue (3rd), Drew Harris (4th), Jay Lloyd (7th) and Tony Morales (9th).
Hakes was an easy winner in individual matters, clocking in at 16:07.14. Teammates Grant Pensa (6th) and Zach Duskin (10th) joined Hakes on the all-region team
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Irmo’s Andrew Jordan (9th) was the other Midlands entry to make the all-region cut.
Hakes, Coulter and Belue all turned in national elite times.
It was a clean sweep for Dutch Fork in the girls division. The Silver Foxes scored 41 points to secure first place in the team race, and Samantha Hughes claimed the individual title with a 19:06.08 effort.
Michelle Arms (2nd), Amelia Syfert (8th) and Haley Saxby (10th) backed Hughes with all-region performances. Hannah Martin (20th) was the fifth DF scoring runner.
Irmo nipped Lexington, 53-54, in the scramble for second place. Savanna Radenbaugh (3rd) and Mary Grace Hutchinson (9th) of Irmo and Haylee Love (6th) and Meri Heneage (7th) of Lexington paced their respective team effort with all-region runs.
Hughes, Arms, Radenbaugh and Richland Northeast’s Shayna Jenkins (5th, 19:42.32) accounted for four of the five national elite times at the meet.