Chapin returned to the throne at its own the Lake Murray Invitational cross country meet on Saturday, finishing first in the boys division for the third time in the past five years.
Since 2006, the Eagles have been winners in the three even years (2006, 2008, 2010).
Chapin’s girls team finished in seventh place, an outcome that may result in the Eagles losing ground in the new coaches association rankings. The Eagles entered the meet ranked fifth in lass 3A, but finished behind No. 7 Eastside in the final Lake Murray standings.
The boys team, on the other hand, may not be moving up from its current No. 3 position in the polls, but the Eagles made it known that they should be a prime contender come state meet time in little more than a month’s time.
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Veterans Heath Lorick, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Carson Barnes provided the scoring foundation for the Eagles’ 82-95 winning margin over neighboring Irmo. Lorick hit the finish line third with a time of 16:16. Fitzpatrick came in 7th in 16:38.57, followed by Carson one spot back in 16::38.87.
Hunter McGeehee (25th, 17:24.90) and Alex Wallace (39th, 17:48.40) rounded out the winning team score with solid supporting runs.
Lauren Steedly and Kathleen Mirgon led the pack in the girls division, finishing 23rd and 28th, respectively. Samantha Koenig, Shelby Green and Sarah Baldwin were the Eagles’ other scoring runners.