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Palmetto Christian High School
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Palmetto Christian track aims for state title three-peat

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – Having won the state title in each of the last two years, the Palmetto Christian Academy track and field program is aiming for a three-peat this spring.

Palmetto Christian won both the boys and girls team championships in each of the last two years and both teams return major points to the roster in 2019.

“I have high expectations for continued success this year,” coach Dale Hoover said. “We have a lot of experienced seniors who are leading the way but we are also getting some great performances out of our middle school kids as several have already qualified for state and hold school records.”

The boys team is loaded throughout, except in the shot put and discus. Cole Silvester returns for his senior season and has been the team’s top sprinter in the first month of the season. He finished fourth in the 100 and 200 at last year’s state meet and took third in the 400. This spring he has been the top runner in the 100, 400 and 800, as well as the triple jump and long jump.

Brother Grayson Silvester is right behind in the sprints. He is the defending state champion in the 400 and was state runner-up in the 100 last year. He also was third in the triple jump a year ago.

Brad Chaney is another quality performer in the sprints and has been the team’s best in the 200 early on. Hamilton Blair won the state title in the 1600 last year and was second in the 3200. He returns this spring and is pacing the team in both distance events.

Another top performer this spring has been Henry Goldsmith, who runs the 400 meter hurdles and works in the high jump. Dalton Welch returns as the top hurdler, winning state titles in both events last spring.

On the girls side, senior Lauren Pernell returns as one of the state’s top performers. Pernell is the defending state champion in the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles. She also placed second last year in the long jump and triple jump.

Catherine Cave excels in the jumps and is competing in the 800 this spring. She won the high jump last year at the state meet while placing third in the long jump and 400.

Mae Cave was third in the 1600 meter run last year and has been strong in the event this spring, Ella Banks has been the top runner in the 3200 meter run thus far.

Anderson Blair is the top sprinter this spring and Reese Baker is competing well in the 400. The top thrower is Catherine Sweatt, who was a state qualifier in the shot put and discus last spring.

The state championship meet will be held on May 4th.

 

 

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