The Fort Mill boys cross country team got the highest finish of any local squad by coming in fifth at the 2012 State Championships Saturday.
Lexington High ran away with a history-making fourth straight 4A state title.
Lexington scored three top five finishes in the race as junior Tony Morales won for the Wildcats with a time of 15:25 and the team accrued 63 points. Mauldin came in second.
Coming off a win in the Upper State meet last week, Fort Mill was hoping to place higher.
“A little reality caught up with us sooner than we wanted too,” said Fort Mill head coach Marc Pyrc.
“It was either win big or lose big. Some of our guys ran out a little too quickly and a lot of them looked tight in that last mile. This is cross-country; we could race the same guys tomorrow and get different results.”
Fort Mill was led by senior Lucas Stalnaker, who finished 11th, in a time of 16:18.
The Jackets had 145 points –the highest among areas schools – and was 47 points better than sixth-place Riverside.
Stalnaker was followed by sophomore Jeremy Ricks, who finished 23rd at 16:29. Senior Christian Ruppe finished 30th at 16:42 and was followed by his brother Cameron 14 seconds later, but 10 places down from him at 40th, in 16:56. Junior Matthew Case rounded out the top five for Fort Mill finishing 70th in 17:18.
In the girls’ 4A race, Lexington also ran away with the event winning with 100 points, edging Wade Hampton by nine points.
The Lady Jackets finished 15th, which was last of any local team. Fort Mill was led by senior Emily Lyons, who finished 41st, with a time of 19:59.
Sophomore Melissa Smith finished behind Lyons just 26 seconds later, but was 18 spots behind her in 59th in 20:25. Eight grader Ania Rzepka finished 74 in 20:49 and 10 seconds later Meagan Allen finished 85 in 20:59. Senior Allysa Resech rounded out the top five for the Lady Jackets coming in 147th at 22:45.
In the 2A boys’ and girls’ races, Indian Land was the only other local participants.
The Indian Land boys’ finished 14th and the girls’ team finished eighth.
The Lady Warriors were led by sophomore Chloe Cook, who finished 35th with a time of 22:12. The Indian Land boys were led by senior James Gregory, who also finished 35th with a time of 18:04.