Coed Varsity Cross Country · Panthers Showcase Talent at Invitational


Lake City, SC – The Lake City Cross Country Teams hosted their third annual invitational Tuesday evening at the Lake City Park. The boys team ultimately fell to South Florence 23-30 despite impressive performances from the entire squad. The Lady Panthers also posted some strong individual performances.

Senior Irvin Fajardo led the charge with a 2nd place finish in a time of 20:07. He was followed up by a 3rd place finish from senior Jerrion Flowers (21:29). Senior Chandler Gause (22:50) posted a solid top 10 performance, coming in with a big kick to secure the 8th place position.

Seniors Caleb Wallace (24:04) and Austin Shake (24:36) closed out the boys’ effort for the day.

The Lady Panthers posted a strong performance on the day with many student-athletes running times well-ahead of their marks from the same meet last year.

The ladies were led by a 9th place finish and personal best from senior Sarah Leiter (30:32). XC newcomer Juliana Itehua posted a time of 30:45 and came in 10th. 8th grader Lyla Bingham (31:58) dropped nearly 7 minutes from her time at the course a year ago.

Senior Haley Hardway (33:43) and Junior Allison Quintero (37:26)  rounded out the Lady Panthers’ top five, while junior Makayla Sheppard (37:54) dropped over 30 seconds from her time a year ago.

The Panthers return to action Wednesday, September 16th at Sumter High School.