A year ago, Lexington’s boys cross country team planted a seed of doubt in the collective heads of No. 1 Ridge View at the lass 4A Mid-State qualifying meet. The following weekend, the Wildcats completely dominated the Blazers on the way to the program’s first state championship.
The defending state champions put the heat on top-ranked Ridge View again at the Mid-State event at Sandhills Research Center, edging the Blazers, 48-51, for the team championship to set up yet another intriguing scenario at next weekend’s season finale on the same course.
Colby Coulter headlined the Wildcats’ winning lineup with a third-place finish and a time of 16:03.95. The Lexington front runner had plenty of support from Tony Morales (4th, 16:08.35), Jay Lloyd (10th, 16:34.30), Blake White (15th, 16:48.85) and Zach Trim (16th, 16:50.30).
Joseph Keitt (2nd, 16:00.15), Mike Lantz (5th, 16:16.70), Donque Lewis (13th, 16:46.05), Jay Lynch (14th, 16:47.95) and Ty’re Ware (17th, 16:51.60) comprised the Blazers scoring lineup.
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Spring Valley earned a state spot for the 12th straight season, thanks to a fourth place finish. Senior William Ivey set the pace for the Vikings with a seventh-place finish in 16:28.90).
Dutch Fork’s Roland Hakes was the individual champion (15:36.75) and Dutch Fork made the grade with a fifth place finish.
Irmo claimed the final state ticket with a sixth-place finish. Andrew Jordan (11th, 16:35.70) set the pace for the Yellow Jackets.