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How Midlands runners, teams fared at SC cross country state championships

Lexington Cross Country photo

Lexington girls raced to a runner-up finish and William Cronin was second in the boys race at the Class 5A cross country championships Saturday at Newberry College.

The Wildcats were part of a strong showing from Midlands teams in the rainy conditions the past two days.

Lexington’s girls, the defending state champions, finished with 68 points and were eight behind champion Fort Mill. Alivia Cleveland (18:17) led FM with a first-place finish.

Elanorah Patangan (19:20) led the Wildcats with an eighth-place finish. Kendra Miles (19:30) finished 12th and Ava Kanitkar (19:31) was 13th.

Chapin’s Abigail White (18:39) was the top-area finisher with a third-place finish. Blythewood’s Anna Kelly (19:03) was sixth. Chapin finished sixth, Blythewood seventh and River Bluff 10th.

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In the boys’ race, three local runners finished in the top-10 led by Cronin’s second-place finish with a time of 15:47. Wando’s Liebert finished first with a time of 15:19.

Spring Valley’s Brendan Hitchcock (16:03) was fourth and Blythewood’s Jacob Powell (16:09) was eighth. Blythewood finished sixth, Spring Valley seventh, Chapin eighth and River Bluff ninth.

Dorman won the championship by 14 points over Fort Mill.

In Class 4A, AC Flora finished third in the boys standings with 144 points. Catawba Ridge won it with 113.

Ridge View’s Macaire N’twa (16:34) was fourth to earn all-state honors, which goes to the top-10 finishers. The Blazers finished ninth as a team

James Island won the 4A girls team title and JI’s Hannah Vroon (18:51) the individual title.

In 3A boys, Dreher’s Eli Roth (16:13) was third in helping the Blue Devils to a seventh-place finish. Wren won the boys team championship and Walhalla’s Elijah Poore (15:49) finished first.

Philip Simmons Avah Mallek (18:51) won the 3A girls race and Iron Horses won the team title.

Class 2A boys champions were Greer Middle College and Academic Magnet’s Quinn Swanton. Pelion, Batesburg-Leesville and Mid-Carolina finished ninth through 11th.

Class 2A girls winners were Bishop England and BE’s Nora Brahim. Pelion was fourth and Gray Collegiate eighth.

Brashier College won Class A boys and Southside Christian’s Grayson Gibbons (16:08) was first. Dixie won the Class A girls and Ashley Prescott (19:39) was first.

For complete results, go to https://sc.milesplit.com/results