Lexington returned to the top of the heap in region boys cross country matters at the Region 5-4A championship meet on Wednesday. The host Wildcats, who won the Region 3-4A title in 2006 but finished second to South Aiken in 2007, ended up with a 36-46 edge over Dutch Fork in the final tabulations.
Drew Harris and Will Belue paced the Wildcats performance with all-region runs. Harris finished second behind champion Will Ridisll of North Augusta with a time of 16 minutes, 44.48 seconds. Belue was fifth in 17:00.79. David Wilson just missed the all-region cut, finishing eighth in 17:09.91. Jay Lloyd (10th, 17:16.95) and Alex Haulbrook (11th, 17:20.84) with Lexington’s other scoring runners.
The Wildcats girls, with Whitney Drozd and Meri Heneage in the lead, turned in a third place finish behind champion Dutch Fork and Irmo. Drozd was 10th in 20:29.69, one place and three seconds ahead of Heneage. Hall Hunter (14th, 20:52.62), Beka Rush (17th, 21:02.36) and Brandtina Gordon (20th, 21:20.76) accounted for the rest of Lexington’s 72 team points.