As expected, Lexington dominated the story of the Region 5-4A cross country championship meet on Wednesday.
The defending state champion Wildcats boys team, ranked No. 2 in 4A, had six of their seven runners earn spots on the all-region team on the way to an easy 18-67 win over second-place South Aiken.
The fast-developing girls team had five all-region performers and finishing with a commanding 16-63 edge over runner-up South Aiken.
Colby Coulter and Meri Heneage emerged with individual championships with national elite times. Coulter clocked in at 15:33.28, while Heneage (18:42.06) dipped below 19 minutes for the second time in eight days.
Tony Morales (2nd, 16:10.91), Keylan Owen (34th, 16:20.37), Jay Lloyd (5th, 16:25.89) and Erik Wendt (6th, 16:35.92) backed Coulter with solid support. Zach Trim (7th, 16:41.69) did not contribute to the team scoring total, but he did rate a spot on the all-region team.
Morales, Owen and Lloyd’s times also met the national silver standard.
Heneage, who is emerging as the girls team’s clear No. 1 runner, received all-region support from Haylee Love (2nd, 20:06.79), Katelin Killman (3rd, 20:07.95), Val Feliciano (4th, 20:11.46) and Allie Callari (6th, 20:29.07).