Hammond’s girls cross country team finished third behind Dutch Fork and Chapin at the Pelion Invitational on Sept. 25.
The reigning SCISA champion Skyhawks were led once again by eighth-grader Catherine Herring, who finished eighth with a time of 20 minutes, 48 seconds. It was the second major-meet outing in a row that Herring paced the Hammond pack ahead of senior veteran Morgan Castles, who finished in ninth place, four seconds off the pace of Herring.
Sarah Dobbs (12th, 21:16), Margaret Deans Fawcett (15th, 21:45) and Lindsey Shealy (24th, 22:15) rounded out the Skyhawks scoring.
The competition between Herring and Castles at the top of the order, and the friendly battle between juniors Shealy and Rachel Price for a scoring spot has been an interesting aspect of the season so far. Shealy has been Hammond’s fifth scoring runner at two of the three major invitational outings to date, while Price has made the grade at one.