Defending Class 4A state boys cross country champion Lexington dominated the Lowcountry field at the Will Wilson/Citadel Invitational on Saturday at James Island County Park.
The second-ranked Wildcats blew away the field of 29 teams on the way to the Alpha Division championship by a whopping 51-point margin over runner-up Riverwood, Ga. and topped Class 4A fourth-ranked Wando by 84 points.
Lexington runners accounted for three of the top four individual spots and all seven starters cracked the Top 25, though the solid efforts by Keylan Owens (20th) and Blake White (23rd) were not required in the scoring total.
Junior Colby Coulter continued his impressive early-season running by taking individual honors with the top overall time of the day – a 16:23.83. Coulter, who had the only national elite time of the day, is currently ranked No. 8 individually in all classifications.
Freshman Tont Morales, sophomore Erik Wendt and senior Jay Lloyd also had outstanding performances. Morales finished second behind Coulter (16:53.30), Wendt’s 17:04.38 was good for fourth place and Lloyd checked in 6th with a time of 17:09.77.
Junior Zach Trim (12th, 17:48.71) rounded out the Wildcats’ scoring lineup.
It was the second straight triumph by Lexington at the event and the second strong showing in a row for Coulter - who placed fifth a year ago