Chapin’s rebuilding boys cross country team had its best performance of the new season at the Eagles’ own Lake Murray Invitational on Saturday at Crooked Creek Park.
Jack LeGrand’s new-look team has only two starters back from the lineup that produced a fifth-place finish at last year’s Class 3A state championship meet – Carson Barnes and Heath Lorick. Though still quite competitive, the inexperienced team looked very good on its home course.
Chapin finished second behind Mauldin, thanks to the efforts of sixth man Garrett Tidsworth. The Eagles actually finished in a second-place tie with neighboring 4A rival Dutch Fork with 69 points, but Tisdale’s 38th-place finish was the deciding factor in the tiebreaker. DF’s sixth man place 59th. Tisdale, in fact, beat out the Silver Foxes fifth runner, as well.
Barnes and Lorick set the tone, placing fifth and seventh, respectively. Barnes clocked in at 17:33, Lorick at 17:37. The solid team effort also featured fine runs by Thomas Fitzpatrick (11th, 17:57), Hunter McGahee (17th, 18:25) and Jay Wilkins (29th, 18”59.53).
The Chapin girls team also had an improved showing, finishing fifth. The item of note here is the Eagles finished one spot ahead of Irmo after finishing behind the Yellow Jackets at the Coaches Classic Invitational.
Sophomore Lannon McCoy led the Chapin pack with a 10th-place finish and a time of 20:56.49. Lauren Steedy (31st, 22:14), Julia Von Vollenhoven (32nd, 22:18), Elizabeth Tyner (39th, 22:52) and Sarah Baldwin (44th, 22:56) rounded out the Eagles scoring lineup.