2018-10-12 / Sports

Highlanders’ Ward, Cardinals’ Dayhuff win Highlander Invitational

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Cardinal Newman’s Palmer Dayhuff edges Palmetto Christian Academy’s Hamilton Blair by 0.03 seconds to win the Highlander Invitational. Cardinal Newman’s Palmer Dayhuff edges Palmetto Christian Academy’s Hamilton Blair by 0.03 seconds to win the Highlander Invitational. Heathwood Hall seventh grader Jais Ward ran away with the girls’ individual championship at the Highlander Invitational on the campus of Heathwood Hall October 3. Ward separated herself from Thomas Sumter’s Bella Crowe in the last 400 meters and finished in a time of 19:33.20. Crowe finished in a time of 19:39.91.

Ward led the Highlander team to a second place finish with 57 points, 12 points behind first place Porter-Gaud. Teammates Laela Caplinger (20:32.33), Taylor Washington (21:05.63), Cameron Truesdale (21:43.81), and Catherine Barron (21:53.91) took seventh, 12th, 19th, and 22nd, respectively.

Cardinal Newman’s Caroline Timmons was fifth overall in a time of 20:12.13. Teammate Caroline Winslow was 18th in a time of 21:38.50, and the Cardinal team took third place with 96 points.


Heathwood Hall’s Jais Ward wins the Highlander Invitational. Heathwood Hall’s Jais Ward wins the Highlander Invitational. Ben Lippen’s Kate Hoover finished 16th in a time of 21:33.77 to lead her Falcons to seventh place.

Abby Park was Hammond’s top runner in 39th place. She led the Skyhawks to a ninth place team finish.

A total of 19 teams and a 138 runners placed on the girls’ side.

The boys’ final outcome was much closer than the girls’. Defending SCISA 3A champion and Cardinal Newman senior Palmer Dayhuff got all he could handle from Palmetto Christian Academy’s Hamilton Blair. Dayhuff had to hold off Blair on a final sprint and beat him by a toe or more precisely, 0.03 seconds. Dayhuff finished in 16:29.31 and Blair was at 16:29:34.

Dayhuff is no stranger to close finishes at this race. Last year’s final was a photo finish as he edged out Summerville’s Benjamin Eddy by 0.28 seconds.

Heathwood Hall had the top local team finish taking third place with 102 points. Summerville was first with 70, and Spartanburg Day was second with 79.

Neb Sneath led Heathwood Hall finishing fourth in a time of 16:48.14. Hugh Wilcox was eighth in a time of 17:10.61, and Robert Golden was 25th in a time of 18:18.87.

Hammond’s Julian McCue finished just behind Sneath in fifth place in a time of 16:49.21. The Skyhawks took seventh place in the team standings.

Ben Lippen’s Camden Abrams, John Davis, and Henry Long all finished within 2.31 seconds of each other. Abrams took 14th in a time of 17:50.19, Davis was 16th in a time of 17:50.45, and Long was 17th in a time of 17:52.50. The Falcons finished fourth in the team standings.

A total of 25 teams and 169 individual runners placed in the race.

-Source: sc. milesplit.com

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