High School Sports

Preview: Heathwood Hall cross country

Heathwood Hall’s boys cross country team is looking to build on the gains earn last season. The Highlanders, with just two seniors on the squad, finished third in SCISA Region 1-3A and finished seventh at the independent schools championship meet.

“This is an experienced team with the determination to continue improving, said coach Willis Ware. “This is a group of competitive athletes, but we need someone to step into a leadership role and we must close the gap between out first and seventh runners.”

The returning starters include senior Will Hoefer, sophomore West Summers, senior Burk Knowlton and freshmen Thomas Davant and Landon Sanford. Knowlton, Summers and Davant paced the Highlanders pack at the SCISA finals. Knowlton finished 22nd, followed by Summers in 30th place and Davant in 32nd.

The Highlanders girls team, on the other hand, is young and staffed mostly by newcomers making their debut.

“But the girls are eager to learn and to improve,” said Ware.

The only returning varsity runners are freshman Amanda Hoefer and senior Rachel Wolf.