Behind three of the top five finishers, including champion Chloe Helms, The Lakeside School in Eufaula won the AISA Varsity State Cross Country meet Wednesday at Auburn’s Keisel Park.
Helms, a sophomore, won the race in 22 minutes and 27.02 seconds, easily outdistancing Lee-Scott Academy’s Isabel Litkenhous, the runner-up in 24:19.76.
Lakeside eighth grader Sophie Seaborn was third in 24:51.63, and freshman Addy Helms was fifth in 26:18.15. Also for the Chiefs, junior Rebecca Neville (29:40.72) was 10th and senior Mackenzie Erickson (30:10.81) was 12th among the 22-runner field.
As a team, Lakeside finished with 26 points with Lee-Scott second with 33 points and Glenwood third with 65.
The Lakeside boys finished fifth out of six scoring teams. Heritage Christian won the event with Lee-Scott runner-up.
Leading the Lakeside boys was sophomore Evan Sellars in fifth place with a time of 21:37.38. Seventh grader Forrest Stephenson (26:18.61) was the next highest Chiefs finisher in 26th place. Freshman Tucker Stephenson (29:46.47) was next in 32nd place.