Lexington’s Top 10 cross country teams capped a busy and productive week with solid performances at the annual Coaches Classic meets at Sandhills Research Park on Saturday, just three days after sweeping honors at the country championship gathering.
The defending state champion boys team came into the early-season state meet preview gathering ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, while the youthful girls squad came in fifth in the most recent polls.
The Wildcats boys finished third overall behind winner Hilton Head and Midlands rival Ridge View in the blue-chip International Division, while the girls placed seventh overall, and fifth among the 4A entries.
Junior Colby Colture and freshman Tony Morales paced the Lexington boys team with Top 10 individual performances. Colture finished sixth with a time of 16 minutes, 11 seconds and Morales checked in eight at 16:13.
Senior Jay Loyd (17th, 16:47) and sophomores Erik Wendt (24th, 16:58) and Blake White (37th, 17:11) were the Wildcats’ other scoring runners.
Lexington finished with 92 team points, just five behind runner-up Ridge View.
On the girls side, the Wildcats led all Midlands entries with 221 points. Wando was the team champion with 124 points.
Sophomore Meri Heneage paced the Swildcats with an 11th-place finish and a time of 20:00.
Eighth-graders Katelin Killman (34th, 20:55) and Haylee Love (51st, 21:22), sophomore Val Feliciano (62nd, 21:40) and junior Cameron Shackleford (63rd, 21:41) accounted for the rest of the team scoring.