The Cardinal Newman girls and the Heathwood Hall boys emerged as the winners at the SCISA Region 1-3A championship meet on Wednesday.
The Cardinals nipped Heathwood Hall 46-47 to claim girls honors, just as the most recent coaches poll predicted. CN moved up from fifth to third in the latest rankings, pushing the Highlanders down to fourth on the all-inclusive independent schools list.
Caroline Gasser and M.J. Marteeny set the pace for the Cards, earning all-region recognition by finishing in third and fifth place, respectively. But the performances by the support runners made the win possible – Rebecca Brown (8th), Olivia Brown (10th) and Erin Brown (20th).
Heathwood Hall’s Brooke Grice and Sydney Ellen were the individual start. Brice was the region champion with a time of 20:18.24, and Ellen finished second, not far off the pace at 20:41.99.
Ellie Ridley (11th), Marjorie Anne Foster (15th) and Ella Bock (18th) round out the HH scoring.
Hammond’s Catherine Herring (4th) and Ben Lippen’s Katie Kendall (7th) also made the all-region team.
It was an all-Heathwood show in the boys division. The Highlanders, ranked No. 2 in SCISA behind Porter-Gaud, breeze in team matters – finishing with a 23-64 edge over second-place Cardinal Newman – and dominated the individual story. Heathwood runner tolok the top three spots and six of the seven HH starters finished in the Top 10.
West Summers, Stephen Ridley and Preston Frankstone led the pack. Summers claimed individual honors with a run of 17:15.03, followed by Ridley (17:45.27) and Frankstome (18:05.88).
Bristow Richards (7th) and Reed Pansegrau (8th) rounded out the Highlanders scoring. Charles Williamson’s ninth-place finish was very good, but not needed to complete the team score.
Griffin Darby paced Cardinal Newman with a fourth-place finish. Hammond’s Will Besley (5th) and Bristow Richards (7th) and Ben Lippen’s Tyler Mitchell (6th) were the other all-region runners.