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.