Mighty Lions sweep region crowns

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Holy Trinity cross country captured a pair of region titles Tuesday, sweeping the boys’ and girls’ SCISA Region 4-2A meets at the Habersham course in Beaufort.

Behind a spectacular race from individual champion Daniel Reedy (17:57.58), the Mighty Lions (36 points) edged Hilton Head Prep by four points to claim the boys’ championship. A quartet of Holy Trinity runners finished inside the top eight, as Ethan Marquardt (18:28.45), Caleb Stone (18:33.02), and Sam Moore (18:49.00) took fourth, sixth, and eighth to hold off the Dolphins.

Hilton Head Prep (40 points) claimed two of the three podium positions with Jimmy Kuehler (18:24.09) and Ernest Friday (18:24.98) in second and third, but the next two scoring Dolphins couldn’t keep pace with an impressive Mighty Lion group. Sebastian Frickel (18:28.47) and Anderson Dewig (18:55.92) earned top-10 finishes for John Paul II, while Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Noah Kaufman (18:38.50) placed seventh.

Holy Trinity’s girls rolled to a region title, taking four of the top seven spots for a 30-point win over John Paul II. The Golden Warriors (58 points) had the top two individuals in sensational seventh-grader Ayla Reynolds (21:38.16) and sophomore runner-up Brady Mahoney (21:52.78), but the stellar depth of the Mighty Lions (28 points) lifted them to the top spot.

Bryant Salley (21:53.11) led the way in third place, while Ellie Schaub (23:09.71), Elise Marquardt (23:14.63), and Annacate Gray (23:23.75) finished fifth through seventh to seal an impressive victory. Sixth-grader Ava Richards (22:17.12) was outstanding for Beaufort Academy, earning a fourth-place mark to lead the Eagles. Lily Chase (23:26.68) took eighth to pace Hilton Head Christian, and Anna Kate Taylor (23:36.66) placed 10th.

The 2021 SCISA Cross Country state championship meet is scheduled for Oct. 30 at Heathwood Hall.

Above: Holy Trinity’s boys and girls cross country teams won SCISA Region 4-2A titles Tuesday at the Habersham course in Beaufort. Submitted photo.

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