For the second week in a row, Lexington’s girls cross country team beat the top-ranked team in Class 4A. Maybe this time the Wildcats will get a bit of a reward for the accomplishment.
The first to fall to Lexington was Stratford on July 18 at the Lake Murray Invitational. Curiously, the Wildcats actually fell two spots in the big-school poll was released three days later.
Catherine Lempesis’ young, evolving team felled newly minted No. 1 Wando by a 34-49 margin on Saturday at the Citadel Invitational at James Island County Park. Maybe this performance will rate a higher standing than the Wildcats’ current No. 6 position.
Eighth-grader Haylee Love paced the latest impressive Lexington performance with a second-place finish and a time of 19:47.57. She was followed in the Top 10 by sophomore Meri Henage (3rd, 19:51.10), eighth-grader Katelin Killman (6th, 20:52.28) and sophomore Valeria Feliciano (7th, 21:00.83). Junior Allie Callari rounded out the scoring lineup with a solid effort (16th, 21:31.26).
The starting lineup was so strong that good runs by junior Cameron Shackleford (22nd, 21:54.50) and senior Beka Rush (29th, 22:35.51) did not even figure into the scoring equation.