“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1
Everyone knows that the Holy Trinity Cross Country team is a force to be reckoned with but for some of these athletes, the running didn’t stop when the season did. In the past 5 weeks, the married teacher duo Mr. and Mrs. Tobin have taken runners to participate in three special meets. Fourteen of our top cross country runners traveled to Heathwood Hall in Columbia to participate in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) state meet on October 29th. For each team competing, the top 5 finishers are awarded points for where they place in the overall competition which are compiled to give each team a team score. As in golf, the lowest score wins.
For the boy’s team, Logan Lawson (7th place), Jacob Beach (12th), Bray Sheehan (15th), Parker Smith (16th) and Luke Green (17th) brought home a trophy and the state title with a total score of 62 points. The second place team had a score of 80. One of the coaches, Mr. Tobin, told me, “ We had all five of our top boys in before the second place team’s third runner.” All 5 boys set personal records in that race.
For the girls’ race, Mills Langehans placed 1st overall with a 5k time of 20:36. Mills, Lydia Mahan (8th place), Addie Warren (16th), Grace Strawn (18th), and Eliza Solomons (20th) won with a score of 47 with the second place team trailing by 7 points.
Levi Dyer, Panyue Strawn, Jubilee Mayo and Abby Carte also participated in this meet.
This was a high school race and Holy Trinity had 6th-9th graders competing with athletes from 9th-12th grades. It was the Lion’s first time going to the SCISA state race and they brought home two titles accompanied by two large trophies which are now on display at the school.
One week later, the Tobins took thirteen runners to the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) junior state individual race and all thirteen qualified to advance to regionals. Mills won the state title for her age group with a 4k time of 15:55.
Regionals for USATF took place on November 19th. Four of the qualifying runners at states traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to compete against the top runners from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Mills placed 10th among girls in her age group.
All of these runners and their coaches have put in so much time and energy to participate in these competitions and they’ve represented Holy Trinity in a wonderful way. Everybody has been given gifts by God and everybody has different gifts but these athletes are a supreme example of using their gifts as a team to achieve a higher goal than winning- glorifying God.
Our student blogger, Caroline O’Neal, is in the 9th grade at HTCCS.