Chapin’s run of high-level success in cross country continued in 2008. The Eagles boys and girls both made the Top 10 cut at the state meet again, and both teams secured region championships.
Chapin closed out the season with a fourth-place state finish by the boys team, and a sixth-place effort by the girls. The Eagles boys were third at the Class 3A state qualifying meet a week prior to state and a week after securing Region 4-3A honors. The Eagles girls were fourth at the tough Upper State qualifier a week after bagging the 4-3A title.
With the loss of four seniors, including frontrunners Eric Rice and Russell Baker, the Chapin boys will be in rebuilding mode next season. The top returning runners are expected to be sophomore Carson Barnes, freshman Heath Lorick and sophomore Alex Wallace. Barnes was 17th at state as the No. 3 Eagles finisher, while was the fifth and final scoring runner with a 59th-place finish.
Rice was the only Chapin entry to earn all-state recognition, finishing 10th in his high school outing.
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The Chapin girls lose only two seniors from its state starting lineup – Ashlee Wilson and Syndey Fronta. Freshman Lannon McCoy is the projected team leader in 2009. McCoy paced the Eagles at state, finishing two spots shy of the all-state cutoff of 15th place. The rest of the underclassmen in line for return are junior Hannah Shull, freshman Elizabeth Tyner, junior Olivia Bueno and Sarah Baldwin.
During the regular season, Chapin’s boys won team titles at the Lexington County championship gathering at the its own Lake Murray Invitational.