All three Midlands entries cracked the top 10 at the SCISA girls track championship meet on May 5 at Heathwood Hall.
Heathwood Hall edged Hammond for third place behind champion Wilson Hall and runner-up Ashley Hall by a single point – 68.5 to 67.5. Ben Lippen managed 26 team points and finish in 10th place.
Hammond was the only Midlands team to produce any event champions. Danielle Canty was the winner in the 100 meters with a time of 12.54 seconds, Tiffany Trigg prevailed in the demanding 400 hurdles with a time of 1:10.63 and both runners teamed up with Sara Specter and Gabbie Rhinehart for a gold-medal effort in the 4x1 relay.
Mary Etta Castles and Taylor McGruder were the other Skyhawk medallists.
Castles, though, was disappointed with a second-place finish in the pole vault. After all, Castles was the two-time defending champion in the event and entered with the top qualifying height (10 feet, 6 inches), but all she could managed in the season finale was an 8-6.
McGruder, on the other hand, had her best performances of the season in the triple jump and the 100 hurdles to net two medals. She went 35-2.5 to claim silver in the triple jump and ran 17.27 in the hurdles, which was good for third place and a bronze prize.
Sydney Ellen, Rachael Whittaker and Brooke Grice were the big producers for Heathwood Hall. Ellen came away with three medals – finishing second in the 3200, third in the 1600 and running a leg on the second-place 4x8 relay team. Whittaker scored in four events – placing third in the 400, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the 100 hurdles in addition to her contribution on the second-place 4x1 relay team. Grice placed third in the 3200, fourth in the 1600 and ran the opening leg on the 4x8 relay team.
Leah Austin was the prime mover for Ben Lippen. Austin came away with three bronze medals for a third place finish in the 100 and her work on two third-place relays teams – the 4x1 and 4x4 quartets.