Girls Varsity Cross Country · Girls Cross Country Claims Team Title at Speedway 5K


  Place Points
Heathwood Hall 1st 28

The Heathwood Hall girls’ cross country team turned in an outstanding performance today at the Speedway Five K hosted by AC Flora High School. In their best meet so far this year, the team earned the 1st place trophy by taking the top 3 places and 4 of the top 8 spots in the girls’ varsity race.

Madelyn Gomez ran a strong, relaxed race and led the Highlander charge. Her time of 18:22 is a personal record, the second fastest time in the state of S.C. this year (among private & public schools), and places her 3rd on the Heathwood Hall All-Time Top 20 Record Board! Moreover, her time also meets the U.S. Milesplit National Elite Gold Standard!

In addition to Madelyn’s performance, team captain Cat Barron ran a great race and finished in 2nd place. Catherine maintained a steady pace and moved up from the third position early in the race to take the second spot and earn a medal. Another outstanding performance was turned in by Madeline Hurst who had a season breakout time of 20:39 and a PR by 31 seconds! Hurst also earned a medal for her 3rd place performance. Laela Caplinger, returned to action after a week off and looked strong. She finished in 8th place with a season best time of 21:30. The team scoring was rounded out by Reston Wood, who finished in 14th place and established a new PR of 21:55. Lydia Smith, who ran a very impressive 5K (22:02) in her first varsity race and Mela Gisewhite (22:59) were the 6th and 7th Highlanders to cross the finish line. While Logan Wells (23:09) and Grayson Elliott (24:39) also ran very strong races and finished in the team’s 8th and 9th spots.

Team Scores:

1. Heathwood Hall – 28 pts.
2. Spring Valley – 61 pts.
3. AC Flora – 81 pts.
4. Dreher – 100 pts.
5. South Aiken – 111 pts.
6. White Knoll – 155 pts.
7. Fairfield Central – 201 pts.
8. Colleton County – No Score