PAC XC Finishes Well at Lexington County Championships

On Tuesday evening the PAC Panthers XC team laced up their shoes for the second meet of the season for the Lexington County Championships at Lexington High School. This meet is an opportunity for the team to test themselves against local schools specifically. Some of which are competitive in the SCHSL State Meet for their specific classifications. The weather seemed ominous and even poured rain briefly as a thunderstorm lurked on the edge of Lexington County. Thankfully, the storm went around us and though the times for each race was changed in anticipation of inclement weather, the races went off without a hitch and the weather proved just right for running.
The boys started things off with the Varsity 5k. Jackson Reinhard had another solid performance, improving on his 2020 time by 1:12, finishing the race in 17:28. He was just 10 seconds off of his PR, was 2nd among freshmen who ran in the race, and 11th overall, securing an All-County recognition. 
Returning from an ankle injury Saturday, John Kollmensberger laced up his spikes in hopes of completing his first race of the season. He completed the 5k course 22 seconds faster than he did in 2020 with a finishing time of 20:26 and 35th overall. Not far behind were Samuel Reed and Elijah Greneir who both ran faster times compared to 2020 as well. Sam crossed the finish line in 20:39 and Grenier in 20:40 and placed 37th and 38th overall. Rounding out the top 5 was Benson Ryan with a massive improvement over Saturday’s performance. Benson crossed the finish line nearly 3 minutes faster in 22:24 and placed 45th overall. The boys team scored a total of 166 points, securing a 6th place finish out of 7 teams and improved on their team average time from 2020 by 25 seconds. The team’s usual #4 runner, Noah Young, was not able to participate in the meet but will return Saturday for the Eye Opener in Spartanburg.
The Varsity Girls were next up to the starting line. Emma Deason and Emily Mason were hoping to improve on Saturday’s race and improve they did. They ran together through most of the race until Emma pulled away in the last mile. Despite running with a cramp in the second mile, she crossed the line in 26:48, a season best. She improves on her 2020 time by 1:03. Emily Mason crossed the line in 27:04, improving on Saturday’s race by 1:27. The Varsity Girls ran two girls in the meet and did not register a team score. Saturday’s meet at the Eye Opener in Spartanburg will be their first opportunity to register a team score.
Finishing the meet were the middle school and new runners in the 3k race. John McPhereson led the way with a 2nd place finish. Halfway into the race, Coach Trey challenged him to go for the win and the 11 year old running in 6th closed a 25 second gap down to 5 seconds in less than a mile. Tyler Seay, Arlie Knight, Charlotte Kriesel, and Ian Hunter all had solid races, improving on their performances from Saturday’s race at CIU. 
The PAC XC team will have an easy week before racing again at the Milliken Research Center for the Eye Opener on Saturday in Spartanburg. This will be the biggest meet of the season with 98 teams in total participating. Saturday will be the first time this season everyone runs the 5k distance.