Hammond and Heathwood Hall headlined the Midlands story at the SCISA girls track state meet on May 7.
Hammond had four gold medal-winning performances and finished in third place with 73.3 team points. Heathwood Hall finished in fourth place with 70.7 points and had two event wins.
Tiffany Trigg was the Hammond headliner, coming away with two gold medals, Trigg prevailed in the demanding 400-meter hurdles and teamed up with Anne Fawcett, Catherine Herring and Danielle Cantey to close the meet with a 4x400 relay triumph with a record time of 4:17.75.
Otherwise, Kaki Smith and Mary Etta Castles secured individual titles. Smith was the winner in the discus competition for the second year in a row, even thought her winning toss of 95 feet, 2 inches was more than 10 feet shorter than her seed heave. Castle kept the Skyhawks grip on the pole vault title. It was Castles second straight vault triumph and the seventh straight by a Hammond entry. Madison Kocher retired as a five time champion (2005-09).
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Cantey also collected a second gold medal, but the first in three years since she helped the Skyhawks to a 4x100 relay win back in 2008.
Cantey, Trigg and Smith all added silver medals to their respective hauls. Cantey finished second in the 100. Smith was the runner-up in the shot put. All three joined forces with Sara Specter for a second-place effort in the 4x100 relay.
Brooke Grice and Sydney Ellen were the Heathwood Hall standouts. Grice was the 3200 champion and handled a leg on the winning 4x800 relay team that clocked in with a record time of 10.13.02. Ellen bagged silver in the 3200 and bronze in the 800 and teamed with Grice, Louisa Lawton and Marjorie Anne Foster on the record 3200 relay performance.
Rachael Whitiker was third in the 400 meters and Heathwood Hall’s two other relay teams also earn bronze medals for third-place finishes. Lawton and Foster were part of the 4x400 team, as well.
Ben Lippen’s top performance was a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles by Kaitlyn Wyatt.