SCISA State Championships on Saturday
The defending Class 3A girls champion Heathwood Hall Highlanders host the SCISA cross country championships for all classifications on Saturday.
The meet begins with the Highlanders, led by Sydney Ellen, running for their second consecutive title in the 3A girls race at 9 a.m., followed by the 3A boys race at 9:40 a.m. Hammond’s boys look to improve on last year’s bronze medal finish there.
The Class A/2A races are scheduled for 10:10 and 10:50. The girls from Spartanburg Christian and the boys from Trinity-Byrnes are the respective frontrunners in those races.
In S.C. High School League competition, region meets Wednesday at Gilbert and Lexington sort out leaders ahead of next week’s Upper and Lower State championships.
Region 5-4A — with Aiken, Dutch Fork, North Augusta, South Aiken and White Knoll — will compete at Lexington. Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Midland Valley, Strom Thurmond and Swansea will run at Gilbert in the Region 5-3A meet.
Lexington asserts dominance in Class 4A Lower State
At Wescott Plantation in Charleston on Monday, the Lexington Wildcats notched a 28-shot victory against runner-up Bluffton to establish themselves as the No. 1 contender in the upcoming Class 4A state championship. The Wildcats, hunting for their second consecutive title and their ninth in 10 seasons, shot a 278 in the single-round match. It is the lowest score ever by a girls team in the state. Lauren Stephenson, also the 2012 medalist, led the Wildcats with a 64.
White Knoll, led by Jensen Castle, and Dutch Fork, led by Nicole Chin, also qualified, shooting 333 and 351, respectively.
The two-round state final will be played at Greer’s Willow Creek Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday.
At Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, the Class 3A title tournament also will also be held on Monday and Tuesday. Though Chapin did not qualify for the tournament, Jacqueline Twitty qualified to compete as an individual.
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