Lexington’s boys and girls cross country team stole the in-state show at the Furman Invitational in Greenville on Oct. 9.
Bailey Harris’ defending Class 4A state champion Wildcats dominated the Purple Division competition. Junior Colby Colture claimed individual honors with a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds, and Lexington ruled the team title race, winning by a commanding 29-84 margin of second place Milton (GA) High School.
Meanwhile, Cartherine Lempesis’ on-the-rise girls team continued its recent hot streak by leading all South Carolina entries. The Wildcats finished in second place with 112 points behind Milton.
The Lexington boys, currently ranked No. 2 in 4A in the most recent SCTCCCA poll, might well take over the top spot when the next list is released on Nov. 19. Because while the Wildcats were busy being impressive in Greenville, top-ranked Ridge View was nipped by Dutch Fork at the Sandhills Invitational.
Colture had outstanding support from freshman Tony Morales (2nd, 16:56), senior Jay Lloyd (5th, 17:18), sophomore Erik Wendt (7th, 17:25) and junior Zach Trim (14th, 17:35).
To underscore Lexington’s quality depth, junior Keylan Owen finished 16th with a solid time of 17:40 but his run was not good enough to contribute points to the team cause.
The third-ranked Lexington girls beat all SC comers for the third time in a row at a major invitational meet.
Sophomore Meri Heneage (7th, 20:03.75) set the pace and had fine backing from eighth-grader Katelin Killman (15th, 20:41.46), sophomore Val Feliciano (26th, 21:09.14), eighth-grader Sarah Hendrix (37th, 21:45.42) and junior Cameron Shackleford (42nd, 21:58.82).
Both teams will be in action on Wednesday at the Lexington Invitational.