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Porter-Gaud track and field off to good start in 2020

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – Expectations are always high around the Porter-Gaud track and field program, and for good reason.

The program has won numerous state championships, including a recent streak of eight consecutive SCISA AAA state titles for the boys program.

The 2020 track and field teams are off and running this spring. The teams participated in the season-opening Sandlapper Invitational on March 7th, hosted by West Ashley High School and involving a host of area teams from bigger classifications.

Several members of the boys and girls teams competed at a high level and gave a positive outlook on good things to come this spring.

On the boys side, Walker Carswell, a former state champion, finished fifth in the 400 meter run and was sixth in the 200.

Distance runner Ben McElveen will contend for a state title in the 1600 and finished fourth at the Sandlapper against a competitive field of runners. Kelly Carswell placed 10th overall in the 1600.

Jumpers Kyle Lafayette and Tobias Lafayette put on quite a battle in the triple jump. After Tobias set a school record in the triple, Kyle came behind him and set a new record. Kyle won the event with Tobias finishing second.

Kyle Lafayette also finished fourth in the long jump and Tobias finished seventh.

From the girls team, Callie Harper won the 800 meter run as the top performer on the day. Catherine Billings was a strong fourth in the 400 and Bryce Marion was fourth in the 800.

Sophomore Kennedy Burnett finished sixth overall in the 1600 meter run and Georgia Arnold was fifth in the javelin.

In the pole vault, Elle Hanckel was seventh and Emmy Sobich finished eighth.

Basketball wrap up

The basketball season at Porter-Gaud ended with playoff losses by the boys and girls team.

 The boys team won the region 3-AAA title with an undefeated march through the league. The Cyclones, however, were knocked off in the playoffs by Hammond School, finishing the season at 21-6.

Junior forward Mason Grant was tabbed as the region player of the year. Grant averaged better than 21 points per game in his first season at Porter-Gaud.

Guards Jett Kirshtein and Chai Kirshtein also were selected to the all-region team.

The girls team posted a playoff win over First Baptist before getting eliminated by the eventual state champion Cardinal Newman. The Cyclones won 14 games this season.

Senior guard Elise Pearson was the region player of the year and earned all-state honors. Pearson scored more than 21 points per game.

Both the boys and girls junior varsity teams posted 10-3 records this season.

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