2019 SCHSL Track & Field State Championships
Spring Valley High School hosted the 2019 SCHSL Track & Field State Championships this past weekend. Greenville County Schools athletes accounted for 88 podium finishes, 13 individual or relay titles and two team titles, the Hillcrest and Travelers Rest girls teams. Hillcrest edged out Nation Ford 93-77 in a two team race for the title. TR (72.50) held off Daniel (68) and Beaufort (58.5) in a crowded field for the title.
The Hillcrest girls have been climbing the ladder the last few years, moving from a 3rd place finish in 2017 to 2nd last year. This year the Rams were in battle with Nation Ford for the top spot. Hillcrest did most of their scoring on the track, where the Rams had 15 podium finishes and set state record in each of the three relay events. The 4x800 relay team of Camille Egbula, Jalyn Talbert, Nya McGowan and Taylor McKnight started things off with a bang Friday night, shattering the previous state record by more than four seconds. The Rams completed the relay in 9:22.95, nearly twenty seconds faster than 2nd place James Island. On Saturday the Rams 4x100 team and 4x400 team also broke state records. The 4x100 team of Tariney Pepper, Zahria Jones, Taja Booker and Zariere Dumas set the record with a time of 46.056, beating rival Nation Ford by .003 seconds! The 4x400 team of Pepper, Jones, Booker and Nya McGowan sealed the team victory with their record time of 3:46.34. In addition to the relays, the Rams earned state titles in the 400 and 800 meter races. Camille Egbula, only a sophomore, won her third straight title in the 800. Teammates Jalyn Talbert and Taylor McKnight placed 6th and 7th as well. Zariere Dumas won the 400. Dumas also placed 4th in the 100 and 200 races. Nya McGowan (6th) and Tariney Pepper (7th) also placed in the 400. Pepper (7th) and Zahria Jones (6th) placed in the 200. Jones added a 5th place finish in the 100 as well. Camille Talbert placed 8th in the 100 Hurdles. Keiran Martin gave the Rams much needed points in jumping, placing 2nd in the Long Jump, 5th in the Triple and 8th in the High Jump.
For the Travelers Rest girls, they did most of their damage early on Friday in the throwing events. In the Discus, the Devildogs went 1st, 2nd and 4th to dominate the field. Taylor Thornton threw 128-03.00, beating teammate Bailey Banks by eight feet for the title. Abbey League placed 4th. Sophomore Kloey Pickens won the Shot Put with a throw of 34-08.75. On Saturday, Laura Deadwyler placed 2nd in the 400 and 4th in the 200. Mycal Bowser placed 2nd in the Triple Jump and 3rd in the Long Jump. Olivia Huskey placed 4th in the High Jump. Taylor Reynolds finished 4th in the 800 and the 4x400 relay team placed 7th.
The Greenville Lady Red Raiders placed 5th overall in Class 4A. Shawda Coleman won the Triple Jump with a mark of 39-01.25. The Raiders 4x100 team also earned a state title, edging AC Flora with a time of 48.26. In addition to the relay, Freshman Breasia Robinson also placed 3rd in the 100 and 6th in the 200. Marah Larkin placed 5th in the 3200. Margaret Wilson placed 6th in both the Triple Jump and High Jump and Keniya Walker placed 7th in the 200. Eastside's Olivia Henn placed 2nd in the 3200. Greer's Coreana Jones-Morrison placed 4th in the 400 Hurdles and Tyona Dingle 5th in Discus.
In Class 5A, Riverside's Jessie Crowley placed 2nd in the 3200 and 3rd in the 1600. Teammate Elizabeth Rogers placed 8th in the 3200. JL Mann's distance runners also fared well, Lillian Taylor placed 7th in the 1600 and 8th in the 800. Kennedy Roush placed 4th in the 3200 and the Patriots 4x800 team placed 5th overall.Wade Hampton's 4x800 team placed 8th and Rebecca Ward was 5th in the 800. Mann's Corina Vega placed 6th in Pole Vault.
Southside got a 2nd place finish from Ke'Asia Salters in the 3A Long Jump and Grace johnson placed 4th in the 3200 and 7th in the 1600. The Tigers 4x800 team placed 6th overall.
In the boys field, the Greer Yellow Jackets were the top finisher with a 4th place finish in Class 4A. Southside placed 9th in 3A and Mauldin 11th in 5A. Jake Crow lead the Mauldin distance team with a 3rd place finish in the 1600, 5th in the 3200 and the 4x800 relay finished 7th overall, just ahead of rival Hillcrest (8th). The Mavs Andru Phillips won an individual title in the Triple Jump with a mark of 49-03.50. Cole Holliday placed 7th in the Pole Vault. Riverside's Andrew Smith placed 3rd in the 800 and Hillcrest's Elliot Dotson was 8th in the 3200.
In 3A, Southside's Braydon Bennett won a title in the 110 Hurdles and added a 5th place finish in the 100. Teammate Jhamarcus Smith placed 3rd in the 100. The Tigers 4x100 relay placed 2nd overall. Carolina's Quiozell Bunkley placed 3rd in High Jump.
Greer got individual titles from Coen Roberst in the 3200 and the 4x100 team in Class 4A. Greer also placed 6th in the 4x800 and 7th in the 4x400. Greenville placed 4th in the 4x100. Dre Williams (3rd) and EJ Bradford (7th) earned podium spots for the Yellow Jackets in the 100. Williams also placed 4th in the 200. Eastside's Payton Mangrum placed 8th in the 400. In the 800, Barrett Broome of Blue Ridge placed 4th. Eastside did well in the distance races with Spain Vaughn placing 2nd and Jonathan Fox 3rd in the 3200 and Stephen Elliott placing 8th in the 1600. Micah Gilpatrick of Greer placed 8th in the 3200. The Jackets Cameron Ferguson placed 2nd in the Long Jump. Greenville got a 3rd place finish in the Triple Jump from Aalijah Kelly and teammates Jordan Thompson (4th) and Santana Harbin (6th) also placed. Harbin was 8th in High Jump as well. Josh Malloy of Eastside finished 4th in Shot Put and TR's Hunter Edens placed 6th in Discus.
Congratulations to all of our track and field competitors and especially our state champions for 2018-19!
Posted: 5/14/2019 | Author: Jeff Hoffman