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Seven Lady Yellow Jackets qualify for Lower State

By C.R. Cumbee

 Staff Writer

Irmo—While the spring is mainly focused on baseball and softball, there was plenty of work happening on the track at Irmo High School. The Lady Yellow Jackets had plenty of athletes compete at the Region 5-5A meet at Dutch Fork, and several qualified to move on to the Lower State meet as well.

The top performer for Irmo was junior Taylor Buchanan, who was victorious in both of her events. She took first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.36 seconds and also cleared the tallest mark (5-feet, 2-inches) in the high jump.

The Yellow Jackets also had a successful 1600-meter relay team. Made up of seniors DeDe Johnston and Jernasia Coleman, junior Taiy’e Holmes, and freshman Mallory Haney, the unit completed the four-lap race in 4:01.38.

Johnston did well in her individual events as well, coming in second in the long jump with a total distance of 17 feet and grabbing another runner-up finish in the triple jump (35-feet, 7.5-inches). Holmes was fourth in the long jump while Haney took third in the 400-meter run.

Eighth-grader Julia Bykalo showed her future potential after tying for second in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 8-feet, 6-inches. Senior Tierra Johnson also moved on to the Lower State meet by earning third place finishes in both the 100-meter dash and triple jump.

Several other athletes wrapped up their 2017 campaigns at the region meet, including sprinters Kiara Johnson, Annie Hartman and Ehrial Wagstaff.

Handling the distance events were Katie Weber, Joey Palmquist, Leyla Ziolkowski, Carina Burdick, Jessica King, Grace Spencer, Sydney Glenn and Sophie Henderson. Michaela Woodruff and Mycah Seabrook were involved in the field events.

In other spring sports news, the Irmo boys’ tennis team captured the region championship and swept both Ashley Ridge and West Ashley in the first two rounds of the playoffs. However, their season came to an end in a 4-1 defeat to Socastee.

The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams each finished fourth in the conference standings, and both fell on the road to James Island in the first round of the playoffs.

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