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HSXC: Holy Trinity Girls Win 3rd Consecutive SCISA 1A Crown

The Holy Trinity girls continued their reign on the cross-country tracks on Saturday, winning their third consecutive SCISA 1A title at Heathwood Hall in Colombia, while the Mighty Lion boys won a fourth consecutive title, taking second place behind South Aiken Christian.

It was a dominant victory for the girls, placing four riders in the top 10 of the competition. Rookie Bryant Salley paced the state champions, running a terrific 22:46.34 to take fourth overall and second among scoring runners. Senior Ellie Schaub shone in her last encounter, running a time of 23:53.53 for seventh place. AnnaCate Gray (24:00.04) was close behind in eighth and Brice Stepp (24:06.50) crossed the line in 10th. Elise Marquardt (24:50.99) rounded out the Runners in 16th, helping the Mighty Lions (22 pts) to a 28-point win.

Gabbriella Jimenez (22:31.12) led Heritage Academy (50 pts) to a second-place finish, taking second place individually and first among all scoring runners. Sixth graders Lilli (25:14.94) and Abby O’Nan (25:32.86) impressed with their 19th and 21st place finishes.

Despite a quartet of runners in the top nine, the boys from Holy Trinity (41 pts) fell short of state champion South Aiken Christian (30 pts). Daniel Reedy led the Mighty Lions, posting an 18:52.96 for fifth place. Ethan Marquardt (19:02.77), Caleb Stone (19:06.76) and Sam Moore (19.07:00) took seventh through ninth to propel their team to an excellent second place finish.

Noah Kaufman of Hilton Head Christian Academy led the Lowco contingent in the 2A competition, clocking an outstanding time of 18:43.88 for 10th place. Eighth-placed Sebastian Frickel (18:49.31) excelled for John Paul II in 11th, and teammate Blake Hubic (18:59.99) finished in the top-20 in 19th.

Brady Mahoney (21:47.91) and Ayla Reynolds (21:57.27) paced the Golden Warriors in the women’s competition, crossing the finish line in 14th and 15th. Sixth-grader Ava Richards (22:04.73) dazzled for Beaufort Academy in 19th, while Lilly Chase (23:40.01) and Brinkley Smith (23:58.95) led Hilton Head Christian Academy in 35th and 39th.

Jimmy Kuehler (18:23.38) and Ernest Friday (18:23.82) put in a strong performance for Hilton Head Prep in the 3A competition, placing 23rd and 24th overall. Luke Aragon (18:51.07) finished 33rd and Beckett Jones (19:11.82) took 40th place.

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By Wes Kerr

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