The Lexington Invitational cross country meet served as a showcase for the prowess of the host school’s elite boys and girls teams.
The top-ranked, two-time defending Wildcats boys crew rolled to a 26-55 win over runner-up Porter-Gaud without the services of No. 1 runner Colby Coulter. The senior leader was hardly missed. Tony Morales and Zach Langston finished 1-2, respectively, and all seven of Lexington’s runner finished in the top 13.
Morales clocked in with a winning time of 15 minutes, 52.87 seconds with Langston at 15:54.49. Blake White (4th, 16:11.18), Erik Wendt (9th, 16:38.40) and Keylan Owen (10th, 16:56.02) were the other scoring Wildcats. Zach Trim (11th, 17:07.11) and Thomas Harris (13th, 17:27.99) also ran well but did not figure into the scoring.
The second-ranked Wildcats girls also finished in first place by a comfortable margin – 33-58 over Heathwood Hall.
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As was the case on the boys side, Lexington had the top two runners cross the finish line. Katelin Killman was the individual winner with a time of 18:55.18 and Meri Heneage was second in 18:57.43. Bari Robinson (5th, 19:47.00), Haylee Love (11th, 20:39.33) and Valeria Feeliciano (14th, 20:48.00) offered solid support to the frontrunners. Camero Shackleford (15th, 20:50.06) and Kaitlyn Keene (17th, 21:29.02) also cracked the top 20 but did not contribute to the team score.
Heathwood Hall had yet another strong showing against top competition. The Highlanders, the top-ranked team in SCISA Class 3A, had a familiar procession at the finish line. Brooke Grice and Sydney Ellen were the HH leaders. Grice finished third in 19:18.84, while Ellen was fourth in 19:39.72.
Ellie Ridley (7th, 20:18.19), Harriet Rogers (21st, 21:41.83) and Kate Nassab (23rd, 21:59.49) rounded out the Highlanders’ scoring total.
Chapin had two top-five teams. The Eagles girls place third with 95 points, while the boys finished fifth with 147 points.
Samantha Koenig (10th, 20:30.83), Lannon McCoy (13th, 20:47.93), Kathleen Mirgon (16th, 21:23.24), Kayle Blankenship (24th, 22:10.14) and Catherine O'Leary (32nd, 22:32.84) did the scoring on the girls team.
Heath Lorick (5th, 16:12.14), Ryan Gorman (28th, 18:00.34), Cody Singletary (37th, 18:16.01), Fabian Hardy (46th, 18:47.99), and Pat VanVollenhoven (50th, 19:02.71) were the boys scoring runners.
The Pelion and Hammond girls teams also had top five finishes.
Nevada Minard (9th, 20:27.94), Antoinette Fulton (12th, 20:43.74), Miyonta Mavins (25th, 22:18.11), Patricia Garcia (31st, 22:32.08), and Morgan Payne (34th, 22:39.49) led Pelion to a fourth-place finish and 111 team points.
Catherine Herring (8th, 20:26.31), Caroline Besley (22nd, 21:55.92), Anne Fawcett (26th, 22:19.270, Velentina Hall (30th, 22:31.21) and Elliott Darnall (40th, 22:56.49) accounted for Hammond’s 126 points, which was good for fifth place.