Lexington completely dominated the field at the Citadel Invitational cross country meet at James Island County Park on Sept. 24. The Wildcats prevailed in all four high school divisions at the venerable Lowcountry gathering – sweeping the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity titles.
The big news was the win by the Wildcats girls team - a 45-56 upset over Wando, which had just been installed as the No. 1 team in Class 4A in the most recent coaches poll. The Warriors made its case for No. 1 by winning handily at the Coaches Classic meet in Columbia on Sept. 10.
This time, Lexington was supreme with freshman Katelin leading the way. Killman set the winning pace with a run of 19 minutes, 53.58 seconds and a third-place finish. Meri Heneage (5th, 20:02.53), Bari Robinson (6th, 20:02.90), Haylee Love (10th, 20:11.05) and Allie Callari (21st, 21:30.85) provided the solid scoring support.
Expect the fourth-ranked Wildcats to move up in the new rankings that will be released on Oct. 4.
The top-ranked, two-time defending champion Wildcats finished with a commanding 27-61 point margin over Hilton Head, the top-ranked team in Class 3A. Sophomore Tony Morales was the Lexington lead of the pack, securing individual honors Hilton Head junior Jack Manesiotis with a time of 16:22.8. Morales had plenty of support from Blake White (3rd, 16:33.88), Colby Coulter (6th, 16:44.86), Zach Langston (7th, 16:50.630 and Erik Wendt (10th, 17:11.38). Good runs by Zach Trim (18th, 17:40.11) and Thomas Harris (29th, 18:32.36) did not even count toward the team score.
Cameron Kutz finished first in the boys jayvee division and the Wildcats won the team total by a 39-60 margin over Wando.
Lauren Johnson and Kaitlyn Keene had the second and third fastest times, respectively, in the girls jayvee race and the Wildcats beat out Wando 29-39 for team honors.