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Veteran Boy’s Spartanburg Christian Track Team “Runs Away” With SCISA A-AA State Championship

Veteran Boy’s Spartanburg Christian Track Team “Runs Away” With SCISA A-AA State Championship,

J.P. Duke Leads Team To Time with Four Gold Medal Individual Wins

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

Charleston—Any time you talk track or cross country with veteran Spartanburg Christian head coach Steve Conway (since 2005) you can feel his passion for the sport(s) and he has been able to transfer his tutelage skills and communication skills to the athletes resulting in consistent state championships.

Thus, It was little surprise to anyone in attendance at the SCISA A-AA boys state championship track meet at Porter-Gaud on May, 1 to witness Coach Conway’s team dominate 12 other teams and score 138 points to out-perform second place finisher Bethesda Day (68), third place Orangeburg Prep (57), fourth place Williamsburg Academy (48) and rounding out the top five teams was Palmetto Christian (44).

The remaining tams in boy’s A-AA, in order of finish, were Thomas Sumter (39), The Carolina Academy (39), Shannon Forest (32), Holy Trinity Classical (12), Greenwood Christian (11), South Aiken Christian (4) and Spartanburg Day (4).

“This is our second boy’s state track championship at Spartanburg Christian and we have won 8 titles with the girl’s teams and each and every one of them are very special for sure,” said Coach Conway. “We are very proud of all of our state qualifiers but you have to give a big high five to J.P. Duke who participated in four individual events and he won four gold medals and led the team with a perfect score of 40 points. It is quite a challenge for any track athlete to win four individual medals at a state track meet and it does show his dedication and hard work to the sport has paid off.”

Duke showed his athletic versatility by taking first place gold medals in the triple jump (40-06.00), the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.06), the high jump (6-00), and the 110 hurdles (17:12). Duke has been named the 2021 HSSR-SCISA Mae A-AA Boy’s Track Athlete of the Year for rare accomplishments.

“I also want to give a shout-out to Dreyon Quattlebaum who won the long jump (21-01) and the 100 (11.75) today and he had winning legs on our 4X100 and 4X400 first place relay teams so he will get four gold medals as well,” said Coach Conway.  “Junior Andrew Osborne was a double winner in the 400 (53:41) and 800 (2:08.97) and he has been on the team since the sixth grade.

“A of kid son the track team participate in other varsity sports so they are training for track without knowing they are in training,” said Coach Conway.  “Once we get our players from other sports it is just a matter of refining and sharpening their skills relative to each individual event. With the distance runners there is a lot more year-round training and those athletes are also with the cross-country team in the fall.  

Daniel Osborne of SC placed second in the triple jump (40-00.50) and third in the long jump (19-08.50)     Luke Kochanowicz placed second in the 3200 (11.06.70) and he placed third in the 1600 (5:12). Avery Morris was second for SC in the 1600 at (5:04.99).  “We had a lot of over- achieving performers today and we had a lot of kids come through for the team today,” said Coach Conway.

 Spartanburg Christian also won the 4X100 Relay and the 4X400 relay. The SC relay team members included Andrew Osburne, Daniel Osburne, Dreyon Quattlebaum, and Avery Morris. Drew Blanton added points for SC with a 5th place finish in the 110 hurdles (20:28).

Behind Duke’s 40 points in the individual points index from Spartanburg Christian were Quattlebaum (22.50) along with Andrew Osburne (16.50) and teammate Kochanowicz (14) rounded out the Warriors top points producers on the day.

Trey Hunt paced the Palmetto Christian boy’s with (22.5) individual points winning gold medals in the 1600 (4:58.84) and in the 3200 (11:01.84). Mitchell Floyd and (17.50) and Trey Price (17.50) were the top producers for Williamsburg Academy. Price took gold in the 200 with a time of (23.95) and Floyd was second in both the 110 hurdles ((17.92) and the 400 hurdles (1:02.17) for the Stallions.   

Antjuan McKay (11.92) and Adrian O’kee (12:01) finished a strong second and third respectively for Bethesda Day in the 100. Charles Green of Bethesda Day had a second place in the 800 (2:14.57).

Christopher Jernigan of The Carolina Academy took second in the 400 (55:35) and his accomplishment was the highest place of any Bobcat athlete at the meet.   

One of the most improved boy’s track teams in A-AA was Williamsburg Academy coached by athletic director and head football coach Don Shelley. “Our track program has come a long way and our participation numbers are up and that has allowed us to build a little depth,” said Coach Shelley. “Hopefully, we can do a little better next year as the program continues to grow.”

The Stallions had 8 boys and one girl qualify for the state meet. Mitchell Floyd and Trey Price were the top points producers for the Stallions and their results have been aforementioned in this article. Price won the 200.

Price told the HSSR from the site of the meet at Porter Gaud, “It felt good to win a gold medal today in the 200 and a lot of work goes into developing as a sprinter,” he said. “I only work on track during the track season. In the 100 and 200 events I focus on a good start and a strong kick at the finish.”

“Most of the kids we brought to the meet had personal best ties today and that is always a good thing,” said Coach Shelley. “We will everyone back next year except trey who will graduate and we will miss him a lot.”  

 

 


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