Hilton Head High’s girls finished second and May River’s boys were third Saturday at the Sandhills Cross Country Invitational, held on the same site as the SCHSL State Championships next month.
The Seahawks girls raced to an impressive runner-up finish in the 18-team meet, finishing only behind Region 7-4A powerhouse James Island in the team standings. A trio of top-10 finishers led the charge for HHIHS, as Cynthia Gudaitis was third in 19:29, followed closely by Laney Duncan (19:46) in fifth and Sarah Neville (20:20) in eighth.
May River’s Anya Arroyo finished second in 18:57, 13 seconds behind champion Hannah Vroon of James Island, and Victoria Sosa (20:21) was 11th, but the Sharks were 11th in the team standings.
Bluffton’s girls placed eighth with Ava Gerschutz (21:04) leading the way in 22nd and seventh-grader Aubrey Sampson (21:14) close behind in 24th. Beaufort High’s Charlize Antia (20:28) was 13th overall, as the Eagles finished 15th.
May River’s boys finished with 96 points, while Wando (82) edged Spring Valley by one point for the title. Colin Keck (6th, 16:39) and Jaxon Beebe (10th, 16:55) led the Sharks’ strong team effort, as Mills Campbell (21st, 17:11), Sean Hamby (27th, 17:25), and Cohen MacDonald (32nd, 17:44) rounded out the scoring.
Beaufort High finished seventh without its top two runners this season — Region 7-4A champion Nash Mills and fifth-place region finisher Connor Eby. Marlon Belden was 14th in 17:00 to lead the shorthanded Eagles as last year’s Class 4A state runner-up continues to work his way back from injury.
Bluffton’s Armando Macias Jimenez (17:09) was 19th, as the Bobcats finished 14th in the team standings. Hilton Head High did not record a team score, but Caden Thune (18:04) led the Seahawks in 41st place.
The Class 4A state qualifier is set for Friday morning at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.