Hilton Head Christian Academy track coach Tommy Lewis wanted the best from his athletes Saturday, hoped they would produce at the highest level to close the program's inaugural season.
And while that didn't happen in all cases, Lewis and the Eagles left the SCISAA Class 3-A meet at Charleston optimistic.
"I think we built a lot of momentum going into next year," Lewis said. "I think the success of our runners, both at region and state, has everyone excited for next year. Hopefully we'll have more kids come out and build on this foundation."
The Eagles finished 10th of 18 teams in the boys meet. Host Porter-Gaud won the team title with a 143 total. The Eagles girls narrowly missed earning enough points to break into the team standings.
Jamario Williams led the way for the Christian Academy boys. He finished second in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and was part of a fifth-place 4x100 relay. The relay team included Tyler Chisholm, Alex Martin and DeAngelo Clark.
Martin finished sixth for the Eagles in the 400-meter hurdles. Reed Shindell finished sixth in the discus, throwing a personal best 120 feet, 5 inches. And Ben Gilman took 10th in the 3200 meters.
For the Christian Academy girls, Mary Hannah Lewis took 16th in the 1600 meters, and the 4x800 relay finished seventh with a time of 11:30.23.
Williams ran an 11.03 in the 100, finishing behind Wilson Hall's Robert Rohner (10.84). Williams finished less than a tenth of a second behind Rohner in the 200.
Williams sat out the 400 to rest a hamstring for the 200.
"It was an incredible race," Lewis said.