Even though the Lexington boys cross country team had a disappointing showing at the Class 4A state championship meet, the 2008 season was a good one for the Wildcats.
Lexington finished 17th in the 18-team field at state, but had plenty of highlights along the way. The Wildcats, for instance, won the Region 5-4A championship by a healthy margin over Dutch Fork, turned in second-place finishes at the Lexington County championship meet and the Pelion Invitational, and had Top 10 performances at the Eye Opener Invitational and the Citadel Invitational.
David Wilson and William Craig are the only seniors departing from the top of the program’s depth, so another good campaign is expected in 2009 with the return of juniors Will Belue, Drew Harris. Zach deMoya, sophomore Jay Lloyd and Ryan Stoudamire and freshman Alex Haulbrook.
Belue and Harris were the team leaders most of the season, but Lloyd was the top Wildcat at the state meet.
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Lexington’s girls team qualified for state for the fourth year in a row, and finished 16th. Just one senior – Whitney Drozd – is departing, which bodes well for even better things in 2009.
Junior Brandtina Gordon will be back after leading the way at state, along with eighth-grader Meri Heneage, sophomore Beka Rush, freshman Cameron Shackleford, junior Anna Kay Talmage and sophomore Dani Callari.