The Riverside and St. Joseph’s girls are heavy favorites to extend their streaks when the state cross country meet is held Saturday at Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.
Riverside’s girls have won the past two Class AAAA championships, and the Warriors had five of the top 12 finishers in the Upper State meet.
They were led by 2014 state champion Cate Ambrose, a junior who set a meet record with her time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds and has the school record of 18:07.
The runner-up was eighth-grader Jessie Crowley, who has the third-fastest time in the state this season (18:09) behind Spartanburg Christian’s Logan Morris (17:28) and Daniel’s Mary Cagle Lockhart (18:07).
St. Joseph’s has won five consecutive Class A championships, or all five since the classification became its own in 2010. Only one girls team has won six in a row, and that was Irmo from 1977-1982.
In addition, St. Joseph’s freshman Annika Bissinger could become just the eighth girl to win as many as three consecutive individual titles. The last was Christ Church’s Caroline Jennings, who preceded Bissinger with her Class A victories.
In Class AAA girls, Hilton Head Island is ranked No. 1, and Lockhart and No. 2 Daniel and third-ranked Eastside could challenge.
In Class AAAA boys, Wando is No. 1, with No. 2 Wade Hampton and No. 3 Riverside the chief challengers.
Top-ranked Hilton Head Island has won two straight AAA boys titles and five of the last six, and No. 2 Eastside has been runner-up each of the past two years.
In Class A boys, No. 1 St. Joseph’s is seeking its third title in the last four years.
Where: Sandhills Research Center, Columbia
Admission: $5 per car
Schedule: 9 a.m., Class A girls; 9:30, AA girls; 10, A boys; 10:30, AA boys; 11, AA/A awards; 11:30 AAA girls; noon, AAAA girls; 12:30 p.m. AAA boys; 1, AAAA boys; 1:30, AAAA/AAA awards