After finishing third at state with a sophomore-dominated team in 2008, Ridge View’s boys cross country team took a step forward this fall. It just was not quite far enough for the Blazers' taste.
Brian Rosefield’s team, ranked No. 1 for most of the season, had to settle for second place this time around. The bottom line: Lexington was better at the most important meet of the season.
It was the second time Ridge View has finished second at state. The Blazers also have two third-place finishes on the program resume. The big prize, however, remains elusive.
“My guys ran well, had a good race; Lexington was just decidedly the best team at the end of the season,” said Rosefield.
“We learned a big lesson. We can’t just show up and win a state championship. This should really motivate the guys to put in the miles between now and next season. I’m not saying it has to be running 24-7, but we have to put in those miles if we want to take that next step.”
Prior to the disappointment at the Class 4A state finals, Ridge View had a wonderful season, with a long list of accomplishments at major outings, including wins at the Coaches Classic, the Sandhills Invitational, the Region 4-4A championships and the Middle State qualifying meet.
“It was a very good season,” said Rosefield. “It just didn’t turn out the way we wanted at the end. But this group of guys should all be back next season and we’ll give it another try.”
As usual, juniors Joe Keitt and David Jennings led the RV pack. Both earn all-state honors for the second year in a row. Keitt, who finished 10th a year ago, was second only to Fort Mill superstar Mark Blackmon, who became only the second three-time champion in Class 4A. Jennings finished eighth after placing fifth in 2008. Fellow juniors Raeven Lantz (28th), Jay Lynch (38th) and Step Rembert (57th) were Ridge View’s other scoring runners.