Hockaday, Greenhill Girls Earn SPC Gold

Margaret Thompson closed out her decorated high school running career with two more gold medals on Saturday.

The Hockaday senior claimed titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters as part of the SPC spring championship meet, which was hosted primarily by the conference’s Dallas schools.

Thompson defended her crown in both events, crossing the finish line in 5 minutes, 12 seconds in the 1,600 and 11:18 in the 3,200. About a month ago, she became a three-time steeplechase champion at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin.

However, Thompson was denied consecutive gold medals in the 800 by Greenhill freshman Lilly Williams, whose time of 2:17.19 edged out Thompson and Hockaday teammate Jordan Lacsamana for the podium positions.

Lacsamana also was the runner-up in the 1,600 for the Daisies, who finished second behind Houston Episcopal in the 4A team standings. Hockaday won the team crown a year ago.

Besides Williams, fellow Greenhill freshman Rian Kinsler was a standout with silver medals in the 100 and 200. The sprinter is the daughter of former Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler.

In the field events, Greenhill sophomore Nia Harrison shattered an SPC record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches to win gold. Harrison also finished second in the long jump, just ahead of Hockaday senior Alyssa Anderson.

Episcopal School of Dallas junior Cheney Mathes took gold in the long jump in the girls 3A division with a distance of 17 feet, 1.5 inches. Also for the Eagles, junior Brooklyn Singer was third in the 100 and the 200.

In boys action, St. Mark’s sprinter Temi Balogun earned two more medals in his final meet for the Lions. He was second in the 100 and third in the 200.

Ethan Singleton, another St. Mark’s senior, was the runner-up in the 400, while teammate Bobby Strauss placed third in the discus. Greenhill’s Alex Sharma finished third in the long jump.

Elsewhere, Greenhill advanced to the championship match in boys tennis before falling to Austin St. Stephen’s at L.B. Houston Tennis Center.

Back in April, ESD continued its dominance in SPC boys lacrosse while Hockaday continued to rule in girls lacrosse — each claiming crowns in convincing fashion.

The Houston schools dominated in both baseball and softball, with St. John’s winning the title in baseball and Episcopal taking home a softball championship.

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