Heathwood Hall’s Brooke Grice was the Midlands headliner in the girls divisions at the Skyhawk Invitational at Hammond on Sept. 1. The event featured 11 of the top SCISA teams in the state.
The host Hammond team was the top area finished, placing second with 74 points behind first place Pinewood Prep.
Grice hit the finish line first with a time of 21 minutes, 6.20 seconds, 28 seconds head of runner-up Katherine Gore of Pinewood Prep.
Catherine Herring paced the solid Hammond team effort, finishing in ninth place (23:18), and had solid backing from Caroline Besley (14th, 23:59), Sarah Dobbs (15th, 24:07), Gabbie Rhinehart (17th, 24:36) and Anne Fawcett (27th, 25:39).
Heathwood Hall, Cardinal Newman and Ben Lippen fell in behind Hammond in the top five.
Grice paced Heathwood Hall’s third place performance. The Highlanders finished with a team score of 85 points, 11 behind Hammond. Sydney Ellen joined Grice in the individual top 10, placing eighth with a time of 22:50. Marjorie Anne Foster (18th, 24:41), Ellie Ridley (29th, 25:47) and Victoria Grice (35th, 26:07) were the other Highlanders scoring runners.
Cardinal Newman finished in fourth place with 118 points. Caroline Gasser led the Cardinals with a fifth-place finish in 22:38, followed by Rebecca Brown (19th, 24:57), Isabella Colombo (32nd, 25:58), Maria Silver (34th, 26:06) and Erin Brown (36th, 26:15)
Emily Elliott (13th, 23:55), Stephanie Burchill (26th, 25:37), Hye In Le (28th, 25:44), Kristen Boan (33rd, 26:01) and Leah Austin (46th, 28:17) helped Ben Lippen finish in fifth place with 136 points.
Gilbert and Camden rounded out the area contingent.
Gilbert finished in eighth place as a team and freshman Brooke Craft cracked the individual top 10. Craft finished sixth with a time of 22:38.
Brooke Dixon led Camden’s 10th-place performance.