The Heathwood Hall Girls have been working hard to prepare for the Coaches Classic Region IV meet and their hard work, focus, and determination was evident on Saturday.
The meet featured 29 high schools from throughout the Midlands including: Spring Valley, Dreher, Airport, Blythewood, AC Flora, Ben Lippen, Irmo, Lower Richland, Dutch Fork, River Bluff, Eau Claire, Sumter, Hammond, Richland Northeast, Chapin, and Ridge View. In the girls completion there were 8 performances that met the US Milesplit National Elite Standards. Four schools accounted for those performances – Airport, Blythewood, Heathwood Hall, and Westwood. The Lady Highlanders accounted for 3 of the 8 national elite standard performances!!
The 4 x 800 meter relay Cat Barron, Hanna Coetsee, Madeline Hurst, Madelyn Gomez) finished in 1st place with an outstanding time of 10:01. 91! The time breaks the school record by 12 seconds and is also the fastest time ever run by a SCISA school!! Gabby David finished in 1st place in the long jump with a leap of 17’ 9.25”. Her performance was a US Milesplit National Elite performance. Gabby also had a strong performance in the 100 meter dash with a 4th place finish. Madelyn Gomez had an outstanding day with a first place finish in the mile run, 2 mile run, and a devastating anchor on the 4 x 800 relay! Aly Conyers finished in 1st place in the 200 meter dash; her time of 24.2 is number 1 in the state of South Carolina, number 20 nationally, and number 10 in the United States among seniors! Her time is also a US Milesplit National Elite effort. Conyers also ran a strong 400 meter race and finished in 2nd place, just behind Blythewood’s Ariana Williams. Janie Hicks finished in 1st place in the high jump with an outstanding leap of 5’0.” She just missed tying her school record of 5’2”. Hicks also turned in a great performance in the 400 meter hurdles with a 3rd place finish. Her time of 1:12.95 is the 4th best by a Heathwood girl!
Additional notable performances were turned in by Cat Barron who finished in 3rd place in the mile and 2nd place in the 2 mile in addition to her outstanding leg on the record breaking 4 x 800 relay. Madeline Hurst ran her fastest 800 ever and finished in 2nd place with a time of 2:33.43, while Hanna Coetsee finished just behind Hurst with a time of 2:33.45. Both Hurst and Coetsee also ran amazing legs on the 4 x 800 meter relay. Pamela Ann Pope finished in 3rd place in the pole vault with a 8’6” performance and Allison Davis finished in 6th place in the 100 hurdles with a personal best performance of 18.26!
The Lady Highlanders finished in one of the top 3 places in 10 of 18 events! Of the 29 schools competing only Blythewood could match Heathwood’s top 3 performances. Go Hall!!!