Host Lexington dominated the annual county cross country championship meet on Wednesday – sweeping team and individual honors.
The defending state champion Wildcats boys team scored an easy 20-37 win over second-place Chapin and Colby Coulter emerged as the individual champion with a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds.
Tony Morales (16:38) and Jay Lloyd (16:50) fell in behind Coulter at the finish line, while Erik Wendt (6th, 17:28) and Zach Trim (8th, 17:43) accounted for Lexington’s two other scoring spots.
The Lexington girls finished with the same team scores as the boys but had a slightly higher winning margin. The Wildcats finished with a 20-46 edge over Chapin in the final tabulations. Haylee Love was the individual champion, clocking in at 19:40, 13 seconds in front of teammate Meri Heneage.
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Katelin Killman (4th, 21:27), Allie Callari (6th, 21:31) and Val Feliciano (7th, 21:32) were the other scoring runners.
Chapin had a good day, especially in the boys division where Carson Barnes (4th, 17:05), Thomas Fitzpatrick (5th, 17:27), Heath Lorick (7th, 17:30) and Hunter McGahee (10th, 18:18) all cracked the Top 10.
Lauren Steedly (8th, 21:44) and Kathleen Mirgon (10th, 21:51) were the Eagles Top 10 runners in the girls division.
In other highlights, Gilbert nipped Pelion and White Knoll for third place in the boys standings and Airport’s Megan Stahlberger and Pelion’s Nevada Minard broke the Lexington/Chapin stranglehold on Top 10 spots with solid showings.
Gilbert and Pelion both finished the boys race with 126 team points, one ahead of White Knoll. Gilbert bagged the third place thanks to a better finish by its sixth (non-scoring) runner – Matt Bostic (36th, 22:31).
Jerry Castro (17th, 19:31) was Gilbert’s front runner, Aubrey Hite (19th, 19:35) paced Pelion and Jeffery Lackey (14th, 19:12) and Aaron Levi (16th, 19:29) led the White Knoll pack.
Lexington and Chapin runners accounted for all but two of the Top 10 finishes in the two meets, the only exceptions were Stahlberger (3rd, 20:05) and Minard (5th, 21:30).