Cross Country STATE CHAMPS 11th straight year!

Article from goupstate.com
Spartanburg Christian Academy's Logan Morris set a state record with a time of 17:28 to capture individual medalist honors on Saturday at the SCISA 2A meet at Heathwood Hall in Columbia.
 

Morris' record run was icing on the cake for SCA's girls, who won their 11th straight state championship by defeating Calhoun Academy 41-83. The win tied a SCISA record for the most consecutive cross country titles. It was also Morris' seventh straight championship, making her the only runner in state history with as many titles.

"Today the goal was 17:30, and I didn't know if I could do it and knew it would be a challenge," Morris said. "I just gave it everything I got. Coach (Steve Conway) said if I wanted to get it that I'd have to go out really fast. It's sad that this was my last state championship, but I couldn't think of a better way to go out individually and with my team."

SCA's Michael Burgess also set a state record in taking the boys individual medalist honors with a time of 16:26.69. Conway said it was a good day for both of his teams.

"We challenged Logan to run a bit faster," he said. "The way you engage Logan is to challenge her to do something that is just out of her reach, and she loves it. For Michael to have run the fastest time in SCISA 2A history as a freshman is also a huge accomplishment. Our girls also did something remarkable as five of the seven are in middle school, and it was the first state meet for four of them."

Spartanburg Day's boys captured the boys team title. The Griffins edged Hilton Head Prep 61-65. SCA was third with 85 points. It was the second state championship in school history for Spartanburg Day, with the last coming in 2012. They also have been runners-up three times (2011, 2013-14).

Spartanburg Day had five runners in the top 15, led by Devin Srivastava (ninth).

Griffins coach Shawn Wilson said his team performed at a high level.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group," he said via e-mail. "Today's performance was just remarkable. We knew it was going to be a close race, and if we wanted to have a shot at the title we were going to have to run as a pack. We did a terrific job of that today with a 25 second 1-5 split."