Hockaday, St. Mark’s Claim SPC Titles

From sprints to distance events, or from jumps to throws, St. Mark’s and Hockaday athletes always seemed to earn spots on the podium.

That depth propelled the Lions and Daisies to track and field team titles at the SPC spring championships on Saturday in Houston.

Hockaday claimed its third crown overall and first since 2017. St. Mark’s returned to the top of the team standings for the first time since 2012, when the Lions earned the last of their nine consecutive SPC triumphs.

Hockaday’s Margaret Thompson took gold in the 3,200 and silver in the 1,600. Remy Finn earned gold in the long jump and bronze in the 200. Both were part of a winning 4×400 relay quartet alongside Lola Isom and Jordan Lacsamana.

Also for the Daisies, Gracie Little won silver in the triple jump and bronze in the pole vault, while Princess Ogiemwonyi secured bronze in the discus.

Meanwhile, Greenhill’s Johrdyn Tarpeh was a standout with three individual medals — gold in the 100 hurdles and high jump, and silver in the 300 hurdles.

In boys action, distance runner Sahil Dodda led the way for St. Mark’s, scoring gold medals in the 1,600 and 3,200 along with silver in the 800 behind teammate Fisayo Omonije.

In the field events, Zane Wallace earned gold in the triple jump and silver in the long jump. Samuel Eluemunoh took gold in the discus and bronze in the shot put. Wirt Jackson was a bronze medalist in the 100 and contributed to two of the three silver-medal relay teams for St. Mark’s. For Greenhill, Jason Estrada won gold in the 400 and silver in the 200.

Elsewhere at the SPC spring meet, Hockaday scored 56 goals in its three girls lacrosse tournament games, culminating with a 16-6 thrashing of defending champion Houston St. John’s on Saturday in the championship tilt.

Sunnie Wang scored seven goals for the Daisies (18-1), who have scored at least 12 times in each of their victories this season. They claimed their first conference lacrosse crown since 2018 and their fifth overall.

Hockaday hasn’t lost to a team from Texas all season, which means the Daisies will be among the favorites at the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state tournament next weekend in Austin.

In boys lacrosse, Episcopal School of Dallas earned its seventh straight championship with a 14-5 win over rival St. Mark’s in the title game. The Eagles avenged a 13-12 defeat against the Lions during the regular season.

Both teams will compete next weekend in the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament in Dripping Springs, where ESD (15-2) will face Austin Westlake in the semifinals and St. Mark’s (11-3) will meet defending champion Jesuit.

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