Chapin’s Heath Lorick won one for the home team at the Lake Murray Invitational cross country meet at Crooker Creek Park on Sept. 17.
Defending Class 4A state champion Roland Hakes was not in the field, but that did not take away from Lorick’s impressive performance. He had a winning time of 16 minutes, 05.06 seconds.
Dreher’s Nick Putnam continued his impressive early-season showing with a fourth-place finish in 16:21.75. Putnam first gained attention by placing eighth at the Coaches Classic race.
Dutch Fork had a solid third-place finish as a team without its leader, but the Silver Foxes are likely to fall in the new 4A rankings. The Silver Foxes finished behind 4A seventh-ranked Mauldin and No. 1 3A Wade Hampton in the final team tally, and probably would not have beaten Mauldin even if Hakes was on hand.
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Still, the Foxes proved they have more than just Hakes. Zac Jaynes and Chris Stafford led the DF effort, finishing in eighth and 11th place, respectively. Michael Bradley (26th, 17:13.040, Sam Noblet (31st, 17:24.38) and Joe Klasnic (36th, 17:38.37) added solid support to the frontrunners.
Chapin was the only other Midlands entry to finish in the top half of the 13-team field. The host Eagles placed sixth with 177 points as Ryan Gorman (25th, 17:11.44), T.J. Longshore (33rd, 17:32.25), Cody Singletary (56th, 18:19.87) and Fabian Hardy (67th, 18:41.07) fell in behind Lorick.
Irmo was seventh as Andrew Jordan (12th, 16:39.73) and Patrick Duggan (17th, 16:52.05) both cracked the Top 20.