TSA falls just short in cross country title meet

Posted 10/29/17

COLUMBIA - A state championship was not in the works for the Thomas Sumter Academy girls cross country team, but the Lady Generals got close.

TSA's Bella Crowe took third place, and teammate Aubrey Stoddard finished fifth to lead their team to a …

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TSA falls just short in cross country title meet

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COLUMBIA - A state championship was not in the works for the Thomas Sumter Academy girls cross country team, but the Lady Generals got close.

TSA's Bella Crowe took third place, and teammate Aubrey Stoddard finished fifth to lead their team to a third-place finish overall, behind state champion Spartanburg Christian and runner-up Calhoun Academy.

"The weather today was awesome, so that was a blessing," Crowe said about the sunny Saturday morning at Heathwood Hall. "We have a lot of young girls on the team and they're so enthusiastic. They've worked really hard day in and day out."

Crowe finished with a time of 20 minutes, 1.05 seconds. Combined with Stoddard's fifth-place time of 21:00.72, and Jordan Thornton's 16th-place, Addison Thornton's 26th-place, and Contessa Davis' 38th-place finish, the Lady Generals came in with 76 points.

That total was six points more than second-place Calhoun's 70. The Warriors came in with a field-low of 55 points to win the title.

"It was pretty slow for me today, which was frustrating," Stoddard said. "I had been sick for a while last week. I got a slower time than I usually have, but I was just proud to be able to run and do what I could."

With juniors Crowe and Stoddard returning next year, the Lady Generals are poised to do a lot in the coming years, head coach Rob Coursey noted.

"I'm ecstatic with how the season turned out. We came up a little bit short today, but Calhoun ran the race that we expected," Coursey said. "We've got Bella and Aubrey returning, but we've got Jordan and Addison Thornton returning. We've been recruiting in the halls and have a couple of first-year kids who are athletes coming out. Our goal is to be here in this football field being the last team announced."

The Thomas Sumter boys finished fifth with 155 points. Spartanburg Day won with 36 points.

Josh Fugate led TSA by finishing 13th in 18:16.43. Ethan Robertson was 25th (19:18.70).

In the 3A races, the Wilson Hall girls finished sixth and the boys finished seventh.

The Ben Lippen boys took the 3A state championship, with Cardinal Newman taking the runner-up and Heathwood Hall in third place. Cardinals runner Palmer Dayhuff was the top finisher in the boys race, while Heathwood Hall sensation Maryah Nasir claimed her third state championship of her career.

Even though the Barons ran just five girls and had an injury among them, the Barons did well, said senior Kirsten Fisher.

"We actually had a really good year," said Fisher, who made the all-state team with a sixth-place time of 20:13.13.

"It was really amazing how we did today and how we finished. I'm really proud of everyone."

Bryce Lyles was the top Barons boys finisher with a 12th--place time of 18:00.63

Wilson Hall, which won the title in 2015, has seen some changes since then.

"After the state title (in 2015) we lost a lot, but we've been rebuilding, trying to build it back up," said senior Layton Creech, who finished 33rd and has been running with the Barons since the eighth grade. "I feel like I got off to a good start. My overall time wasn't my best, but I was satisfied."

SCISA CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

3A Boys

Teams

1. Ben Lippen (47), 2. Cardinal Newman (52), 3. Heathwood Hall (63), 4. Porter Gaud (119), 5. Pinewood Prep (145), 6. Hammond (147), 7. Wilson Hall (168), 8. Augusta Christian (239), 9. First Baptist (264), 10. Northwood (265).

Top 10 Finishers

1. Palmer Dayhuff (Cardinal Newman) 16.38.74, 2. Hugh Wilcox (Heathwood Hall) 16:54.22, 3. Julian McCue (Hammond) 17:04.29, 4. Camden Abrams (Ben Lippen 17:33.98, 5. Jay Diffley (Pinewood Prep) 17:36.65, 6. Bennett Egan (Cardinal Newman) 17:40.48, 7. Nick Basile (Heathwood Hall) 17:42.73, 8. Ben Feldman (Heathwood Hall) 17:43.23, 9. George Baumgardner (Ben Lippen) 17:45.96. 10. Mason Harmon (Ben Lippen) 17:48.17.

3A Girls

Teams

1. Porter Gaud (37), 2. Ashley Hall (55), 3. Ben Lippen (111), 4. Cardinal Newman (113), 5. Heathwood Hall (122), 6. Wilson Hall (132), 7. Hammond (159), 8. Pinewood Prep (205), 9. Augusta Christian (247), 10. Northwood Academy (281).

Top 10 Finishers

1. Maryah Nasir (Heathwood Hall) 18.29.66, 2. Bryce Marion (Porter Gaud) 19:14.14, 3. Chloe Elabash (Porter Gaud) 19:20.84, 4. Ailish Ward (Ashley Hall) 19:33.70, 5. Savannah Campbell (Augusta Christian) 20.07.62, 6. Kirsten Fisher (Wilson Hall) 20.13.13, 7. Connor McMahon (Porter Gaud) 20:14.28, Ree Williams Zoller (Ben Lippen) 20:15.37, 9. Ava Evans-Godley (Ashley Hall) 20:18.01, 10. Jasmine Smith (Porter Gaud) 20:19.93.

2A Boys

Teams

1. Spartanburg Day (36), 2. Greenwood Christian (61), 3. Trinity-Byrnes (98), 4. Spartanburg Christian (123), 5. Thomas Sumter (155), 6. John Paul II Catholic (159), 7. Oakbrook Preparatory (168), 8. Shannon Forest (180), 9. Hilton Head Prep (212), 10. Palmetto Christian (314).

Top 10 Finishers

1. Michael Burgess (Spartanburg Christian) 16:20.97, 2. Rett Faust (Spartanburg Christian) 17:23.76, 3. Garrett Sponenberg (Greenwood Christian) 17:25.06, 4. Joseph Desser (Trinity-Byrnes) 17:35.19, 5. Anthony Ramirez (Spartanburg Christian) 17:41.03, 6. Mark Walsh (Shannon Forest) 17:43.52, 7. Andrew Osborne (Spartanburg Day) 17:46.71, 8. Asa Davis (Spartanburg Christian) 17:48.34, 9. Robert Lyon (Spartanburg Christian) 17:50.55, 10. Matthew Hanna (Greenwood) 17:54.49.

2A Girls

Teams

1. Spartanburg Christian (55), 2. Calhoun Academy (70), 3. Thomas Sumter Academy (76), 4. Palmetto (111), 5.Spartanburg Day (111), 6. Hilton Head Christian (158), 7. Greenwood Christian (165), 8. Trinity-Byrnes (180), 9. Hilton Head Prep (225).

Top 10 Finishers

1. Kristen Cherry (Calhoun Academy) 19:18.82, 2. Molly Suttle (Spartanburg Christian) 19:53.23, 3. Bella Crowe (Thomas Sumter) 20:01.05, 4. Kaitlyn Rowe (Oakbrook) 20:49.46, 5. Aubrey Stoddard (Thomas Sumter) 21:00.72, 6. Kelsey Pace (Spartanburg Christian) 21:12.23, 7. Rachel Summers (Spartanburg Christian) 21:19.85, 8. Caroline Tatum (Trinity-Byrnes) 21:25.54, 9. Allison Kammer (Palmetto Christian) 21:30.27, 10. Abbey Summey (Greenwood Christian) 21:34.53.

1A Boys

Teams

1. Covenant Christian (65), 2. Holy Trinity Classical (67), 3. Wardlaw (97), 4. South Aiken Christian (131), 5. Conway Christian (142), 6. James Island Christian (187), 7. Beaufort Academy (194), 8. Newberry Academy (198), 9. Richard Winn Academy (207), 10. Cambridge Academy (249).

Top 10 Finishers

1. McCallum Senn (Newberry Academy) 17:48.63, 2. Briggs Williams (Wardlaw Academy) 18:20.18, 3. Logan Lawson (Holy Trinity) 18:23.56, 4. Nolan Crawford (Conway Christian) 18:59.02, 5. Ethan Kaufelds (South Aiken Christian) 18:59.48, 6. Re'Quis Johnson (Covenant Christian) 19:13.18, 7. Kobe Franklin (Covenant Christian) 19:15.26, 8. Luke Greene (Holy Trinity) 19:16.07, 9. Trey Hunt (James Island Christian) 19:27.58, 10. Hudson Wade (Richard Winn Academy) 19:44.28.

1A Girls

Teams

1. Holy Trinity Classical (37), 2. Laurens Academy (40), 4. James Island Christian (48)

Top 10 Finishers

1. Mills Langehans (Holy Trinity) 20:20.55, 2. Blair Quarles (Laurens Academy) 22:57.05, 3. Lizzy Agudzi-Addo (Covenant Christian) 23:01.55, 4. Faith Lakemacher (James Island Christian) 23:23.56, 5. Maeve Kalady (Beaufort Academy) 23:35.33, 6. Ruthie Moore (Laurens Academy) 23:44.57, 7. Izzy Hipple (Holy Trinity) 24:09.19, 8. Elizabeth Boudreaux (Community Christian) 24:45.19, 9. Virginia Brunson (Holy Trinity) 25:12.71, 10. Chloe Jewell (Thomas Hart Academy) 25:14.59.