High School Sports

CC: Hammond girls SCISA reign in jeopardy

Hammond’s reign in Class 3A SCISA girls cross country could well come to an end this season.

The Skyhawks, who have earned four straight SCISA big-school titles and nine of the last 11 top prizes on the independent school harrier scene, were beaten decisively by St. Joseph’s of Greenville on Oct. 1 at the Highlander Invitational hosted by Heathwood Hall. The midweek event featured 12 of the top teams in SCISA in what was something of a preview of the upcoming state meet.

The Knights, who beat Hammond at a four-team meet hosted by Ben Lippen early in the season, assumed the team-to-beat position by topping the Skyhawks by a decisive 26-58 point margin.

Emily Coggins, Katie Lynam and Dani Inglesby occupied the top three spots at the finish line. Coggins had a national elite time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds on the SCISA state meet course.

Hammond was without senior Margaret Deans Fawcett, the No. 4 runner on the team, but that had little effect on the outcome.

Eighth-grader Catherine Herring lead the Skyhawks with a fourth-place finish behind the St, Joe’s trio with a time of 21:02. Senior Mason Castles (9th, 21:44), sophomore Sarah Dobbs (16th, 22:22), seventh-grader Copeland Hanshaw (19th, 22:32) and junior Lindsey Shealy (21st, 22:36) rounded out the Hammond scoring.