Wilson Hall’s Trey Parker turned in a national elite time while winning the Highlander Invitational cross country championship on Oct. 1 at Heathwood Hall. Parker, the two-time defending Class 3A SCISA individual champion, scorched the field of 95 runners with a blistering time of 16 minutes, nine seconds – a personal record.
Parker’s sensational performance on the SCISA state meet course propelled the Barons to a first-place finish in the team standings. Wilson Hall finished with 59 points, while defending SCISA champion St. Joseph’s placed second with 65 points.
The pre-state showdown between the Barons and the Knights from Greenville sets the stage for another dramatic runs for the top independent school prize in a few weeks. Last season, St. Joseph’s ended the protracted reign of Ben Lippen with a five-point win at state over Wilson Hall (60-65). Porter-Gaud, which was not at the Highlander Invitational, is also very much in the mix. The Cyclones were third at state a year ago with 68 points, and had a strong early-season showing at the Coaches Classic Invitational in Columbia.
Parker’s scoring support came from Josh Jennings (8th, 18:23), Reed Schwartz (11th, 18:30), John Weiss (19th, 19:04) and Wesley Talley (20th, 19:17).