In one of the largest Highlander Invitationals in school history, the Highlander Girls battled tough competition and an unusually hot October afternoon in the 2019 edition of the Highlander Invitational.
In a field that featured strong public and private school runners, and put together one of their most complete performances with a second-place finish, falling only to SCHSL 5A power Lexington.
To get the Highlanders going early, 8th grader Laela Caplinger claimed her second consecutive individual title! Caplinger, ranked among the top middle school runners in the nation, was the only runner in the field to finish inside 20 minutes, with a time of 19:42. She was joined in the top-5 by junior Catherine Barron, who’s 20:26 time claimed 4th overall.
The strong team performance was largely helped by terrific finishes from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th place Highlander runners. Freshmen Madeline Hurst (14th), Mela Gisewhite (30th), and Cameron Truesdale (39th) held off the likes of SCISA foes Cardinal Newman and Ashley Hall to propel Heathwood to their runner-up finish.