HHCA runners compete in SCISA AA state meet
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – Several members of the Hilton Head Christian Academy cross country program were able to challenge themselves against the best runners in SCISA class AA at the 2015 Class AA state cross country meet on October 31st.
The girls’ team was unable to compete in the team standings but did have three individuals that were able to qualify for the state finals.
One, sixth-grader Nika Cummings, earned all-state honors by virtue of her sixth-place finish overall. Cummings covered the 3.2 mile course in a time of 20:16. She is sure to be among the top runners in the state over the next several years and will contend for a gold medal.
Sixth-grader Sloan McClure also ran in the meet and finished in 51st overall. Junior Susanna McKinney also ran and finished in 62nd place overall.
The boys’ team was able to field a complete team in the championship race and came away with a 10th-place finish in the team standings.
The top finisher for the Eagles was junior J.C. Bauer, who finished 40th overall. Freshman Max Arraj finished 55th and sophomore Kevin Myhre finished 56th. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were sophomore Troy Sevier in 57th and junior Cameron Qualls was 61st overall.
Also competing but not figuring into the scoring were senior David Graupner (63rd) and sophomore Nick Myhre (78th).
The HHCA swim teams competed in the SCISA AA/A state championship meet, also in October. The boys’ team finished as the state runner-ups while the girls’ team took third in the team standings.
On the girls’ team, the 200 medley relay team won the state title. That team was comprised of Grace Hilton, Audrey Robinson, Ashley Weaver and Samantha Norton. The 200 freestyle relay finished fourth and the 400 freestyle relay placed seventh.
Individually, Weaver finished third in the 200 individual medley and placed fourth in the 100 backstroke. Hilton took fourth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 100 backstroke and Norton placed seventh in the 100 freestyle.
Nika Cummings proved to be a big-time two-way performer this fall, finishing eighth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 butterfly, while Robinson was eighth in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the 200 IM. Jacine Gore took home a 10th-place finish in the 200 freestyle.
The boys’ team captured two gold in relays, winning the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle event. They also finished eighth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Davis Lentz took silver in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the 100 backstroke. Greyson Lentz was third in the 200 IM and third in the 100 freestyle while Charles Michael won the 100 butterfly and placed second in the 200 freestyle.
Drew Robinson won gold in the 50 freestyle and placed fourth in the 100 while JD Monts was third in the 50 and seventh in the 100. Joseph Lankowski finished 10th in the 50.