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Woodland girls three-peat, Hillcrest sets three relay state records and youth was served at the 2019 girls state track and field meet

Columbia – On a partly sun day with storms threating especially in the afternoon South Carolina high school track and field fans saw three relay records broken on Friday night and Saturday morning, one three-peat champion and 29 individual state champions that were sophomores or younger at the girls meet on the campus of Spring Valley High School.

The Hillcrest Lady Rams 4 x 800 relay team got things started off as Nya McGown, Jalyn Talbert, Taylor McKnight and Camille Egbula posted a time of 9:22.95 breaking the old record by over two seconds. Next up was the 4 x 100 with Tariney Peeper, Zahria Jones, Taja Booker and Zariere Dumas breaking a record, set last year, by running a 46.06 and in the mornings final event the 4 x 400 team of McGowan, Jones, Booker and Pepper ran a 3:46.34 for their third relay record.

The 30 points in the relay’s propelled the Lady Ram’s to 93 points which was 16 more than Nations Ford to give them their first 5A state track and field championship in either boys or girls. The Lady Rams had two other state champions in Egbula in the 800 and Dumas in the 400. In three events they had three girls score points for the team.

“We’ve been knocking on the door for the past three years, so I guess the third time is a charm,” said Ram’s head coach Andrique Heyward. “The 4 by 800 got things started but it was a total team effort. The girls set several PR’s, and this is the place to it.”

Woodland won their third consecutive girls AA state championship in dominating fashion as the outscored runner-up Phillip Simmons by 45.5 points 113.50 to 68. The Lady Wolverines scored points in 14 events led by arguably the best athlete at Woodland Janiah Washington. She won gold in the 400 and in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. She was joined by Olivia Rodd, Keyrra Gaddist and Mercedes Ravenell in the 4 x100 and Gaddist, Ravenell and Kaytlyn Sweatman in the 4 x 400.

Auyanna Carson scored 28 points for the Lady Wolverines by winning the Long and triple jumps and placing second in the high jump. She was one of 9 girls to win at least two individual events.

“It has been a long journey with these girls. I am so proud of all of them. I am happy to be able to coach them,” said head coach James Chavis. “Three in a row is pretty amazing but we are trying to build a dynasty, so it is good to see the young girls step up too.”

Bishop England tied Johnsonville for the most state girls track and field championships with their 13th title by winning their second AAA championship in the past three years. The Lady Bishop’s were strong in the field events scoring 44 of their 73 points. They were led by Grace Hotchkiss who won the pole vault at 12-08 and Emma Albano in the discus with a throw of 129-06. The other gold was won the 4 x 800 relay team consisting om Mary Wallace Rainero, Kayla Runey, Patricia George and Grace Iaria.

“The girls had a great day, they ran well, they jump well, and they threw well,” said head coach Tom Colizzi. “This is for the girls they have worked hard all year and earned it.”

Travelers Rest claimed their first track and field championship in the closet battle of the day as they outscored Daniel by 4.5 points winning 72.50 to 68. The meet came down to final event the girls triple jump and Travelers Rest’s Mycal Bowser hopped, skipped and jumped to a personal best of 38-02.50 to take second to wrap up the championship. The Lady Devildogs had to two state champions in Taylor Thorton in the discus and Kloey Pickens in the shot put.

“It’s a proud day for Travelers Rest high school,” said head coach Lindsay Baber. “Our girls worked really hard, they support each other, and it paid off in a state championship.”

Also claiming their first state championship was the Governor’s School beating Baptist Hill by 13, 73 to 60. They were led by Victoria Paul as she was a double winner, winning the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. She also placed second in the long jump. Also winning a gold medal was pole vaulter Rita Alan. Kaitlyn Rodman and Darby Porter each took home silver in the 1600 and 3200 respectively.

“It is really exciting our kids work really hard in the classroom and on the track. They put in so much work and so much effort to do so winning is just great,” said head coach Kaylea Jackson.

The youth movement was led by Airport’s Jayla Jamison. The ninth grader became just the third girl to win four individual state titles in two state meets joining former Spring Valley standout Monique Hennagan and Olympian and former Fort Dorchester standout Jasmine Quinn. She brought home gold in the 100, 200, 400 and the long jump setting PR’s in the 400

“First, I want to thank god,” said a tired Jamison. “My coaches and my mom help set my training schedule which has me running my best at this time.

Phillip Simmon’s seventh grader Hailey Meyer won the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters. What made this more amazing is the A/ AA meet was on a rolling schedule because of the weather which meant rest times between events were cut in half. The Iron Horse’s also had freshman Najhyrai Watson won the 200 after winning the 400 as an eighth grader last year.

Two-time winners were Estill’s Charlotte Johnson (100, 200), Scott’s Branch’s Mary Wimberly (800, 1600), Waccamaw’s Tyashia Edwards (100, 200), Woodruff’s Maggie Rhodes (1600, 3200), West Oak’s Addison Berry (LJ, TJ) and Batesburg-Leesville’s Ty-Layshia West (Discus, SP).

Pendleton’s Kamiya Dendy broke the second longest standing record, 27 years, in girls track and field history in the high jump with a jump of 5’10 ½” breaking the old record of 5’10 1/4”.

You can see her interview

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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