SCA Girls Win Ninth Straight SCISA 2A Cross Country Title

Spartanburg Christian Academy’s girls captured their ninth straight SCISA 2A state cross country championship on Saturday at Heathwood Hall.

The Warriors topped runner-up Spartanburg Day 25-54 and were led by sophomore Logan Morris, who won her fifth straight individual title by setting a new course and SCISA state record with a time of 17.59. SCA’s Madison Seay placed third with a time of 19.46. The Warriors had six runners finish in the top 10.

“The Lord gave us perfect conditions today, and I’m very happy with my race,” Morris said. “I was able to break 18 minutes again. It is such a blessing to run for SCA.”

“I am so proud of my girls,” Warriors coach Steve Conway said. “We not only won our ninth straight title but also ran our fastest cumulative time of any state meet in our history. It would be easy to get complacent after winning each year, but the girls desire to honor the Lord drives them to do their best in all circumstances. I’m so blessed to be able to coach a team like this.”

Spartanburg Day was led by Nora Duesterhaus (19.55) with a fourth-place finish.

Trinity Byrnes took the boys title 34-56 against Spartanburg Day. SCA (66) finished third, followed by Oakbrook Prep (134).

“I’m proud of how our boys competed today,” Griffins coach Shawn Wilson said. “Five of our seven runners ran in their first state meet, and they responded well. We are an extremely young team and grew up a lot today. The future is definitely bright.”

The Griffins were led by individual state champion Harry McBride with a time of 17.18. SCA’s Ben Christopher (17.33) was runner-up. Oakbrook Prep was led by Raleigh Canup with a 17th place finish.

“Today’s race was the toughest I’ve ever run,” McBride said. “Of course I had some extra adrenaline pumping since it was my last race ever, but that can only carry you so far. Today’s race wasn’t about talent but about toughness.”

“I am so happy for Harry to win the title his senior year,” Wilson said. “He has put in thousands of miles of hard work over the years and invested so much of himself in our program. He truly earned his title.”

by SHJ