Heathwood Hall swept the varsity titles at the SCISA Region 1-3A cross country championship meet on Wednesday at Hammond.
The Highlanders girls team wiped away the memory of a one-point loss at the conference finals a year ago with a decisive triumph this time around. Heathwood breezed to the championship by a 27-51 margin over runner-up Hammond.
The boys team had a tough time, but came away with its second straight championship by a 38-46 margin over Cardinal Newman.
Brooke Grice and Sydney Ellen led the way for the Highlanders girls, finishing 1-2 individually. Grice had a winning time of 19:25.19, while Ellen checked in at 19:36.22. Ellie Ridley (4th, 20:15.74), Kate Nassab (8th, 21:14.90) and Harriet Rogers (12th, 21:45.38) rounded out the HH scoring.
Hammond’s Catherine Herring (3rd, 19:53.99) and Carolina Besley (7th, 21:11.98) were the Skyhawks all-region runners. Cardinal Newman’s Caroline Gasser (20:37.46) and Olivia Brown (6th, 21:02.81) also made the all-region cut.
Stephen Ridley led the Heathwood Hall parade at the finish line with a winning, 17:47.69 effort. Ben Lippen’s Tyler Mitchell was second in 17:55.45.
Ridley’s scoring support came from teammates Reed Pansegreaui, who earned an all-region berth with a seventh-place finish in 18:46.03), Trey Edmonds (8th, 18:54.68), Walker Comer (9th, 18:55.30) and Charles Williamson (13th, 20:08.29).
Cardinal Newman’s Griffin Darby (3rd, 18:02.70) and Evan Mikula (6th, 18:25.61) and Hammond’s Sam Palmer (4th, 18:19.02) and Bristow Richards (7th, 18:23.96) were the other runners earning all-region honors.