Lexington and Chapin grabbed the top two spots in both divisions at the Pelion Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 29.
Lexington swept team and individual honors at the largest midweek race of the season in the Midlands. The Wildcats boys team topped Chapin by a 26-53 margin, while the girls emerged with a 36-80 advantage over the Eagles.
Colby Coulter (16:23) and Meri Heneage (19:45) were the individual championship.
Coulter was backed by solid support from Tony Morales (3rd, 16:37), Jay Lloyd (5th, 17:07), Erik Wendy (8th, 17:30) and Keylan Owen (9th, 17:31). Katelin Killman (4th, 20:30), Val Feliciano (6th, 20:58), Sarah Hendrix (10th, 21:28) and Cam Shackleford (15th, 22:01) fell in behind the lead of Heneage in the girls race.
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Heath Lorick (2nd, 16:34) and Lauren Steedly (8th, 21:19) were the Chapin frontrunners. Carson Barnes (4th, 17:02), Thomas Fitzpatrick (10th, 17:42), Hunter McGeehee (15th, 17:52) and Alex Wallace (22nd, 18:18) fell in behind Lorick. Kathleen Mirgon (9th, 21:26), Samantha Koenig (18th, 22:17), Sarah Baldwin (21st, 22:36) and Shelby Green (24th, 22:36) were the other scoring runners for the Eagles girls.
In other items of note, host Pelion finished third in the girls division and Heathwood Hall nipped Hammond in the latest clash between the prime SCISA rivals. Individually, A.C. Flora’s Maryann Riley took runner-up honors with time of 19:55.
Nevada Minard (11th, 21:33) led the way for Pelion. The Panthers finished in third place with 131 points.
The up-front punch provided by Brooke Grice (5th, 20:38) and Sydney Ellen (13th, 21:47) was the difference for Heathwood Hall over Hammond. The Highlanders beat out the Skyhawks for fourth place by a 157-167 margain. Catherine Hering (14th, 22:01) was the Hammond leader.