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Ashley Hall High School
Charleston

Young Ashley Hall track team competing hard this spring

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – As a perennial contender for the SCISA Class AAA girls state title, the Ashley Hall track and field program has established a strong reputation for being one of the more competitive programs in the state.

Ashley Hall expects to be a state contender every year and 2019 is no different. Only this spring the team is fairly young with room to improve and grow in time for the May state meet.

Most of the top performers thus far this spring are sophomores or younger. In the sprints, freshman Koko Magwood has been the top runner, posting a time of 13.81 in the 100 and 29.30 in the 200. Also working in the sprints are eighth-grader Trelaya Capers and seventh-graders Madison Hawes and Wynn Staples.

Eighth-grader Emi Winters has been the best early in the 400 with a time of 1:08. Also competing in the 800 are Sarah McLean, Riley Kerr and Madison Bernard. Winters also is running the 800.

Ashley Hall is strong in the distance events this spring. Sophomore Ava Evans-Godley is the best on the team in the 800 (2:32) and 1600 (5:36). Lexi Penny is also running the 1600. Eighth-grader Ailish Ward will be a state championship contender in the 3200 (12:45).

Sophomore Kayla Kirkland will lead the charge in three events – the 100 meter hurdles, the high jump and the long jump. Sophomore Abby Clarke is the team’s top 400-meter hurdler.

Leyla Ozyurt also competes in the high jump and long jump. Logan Tunick is working in the high jump as well.

Sophomore Bryce Turberville will be a state contender in the pole vault, having already cleared 10 feet this spring. Sophomore Ainsley Newman is also working in the pole vault.

Junior Midori Baker and eighth-grader Jania Smalls are competing in the throws. Smalls has the team’s best shot put so far this spring while Baker is tops in the discus.

In the relays, the 4 x 800 team consists of Ava Evans-Godley, Atalie Evans-Godley, Kerr and Sasha Wagner.

The 4 x 100 relay unit is Magwood, Ozyurt, Lauren Piebenga and Kendal Carter. Forming the 4 x 400 relay is the combination of Kerr, Winters, Ava Evans-Godley and McLean.

Ashley Hall will face solid competition in the Father Kelly Classic at Bishop England on April 6th. The team also has a key region meet at Porter-Gaud before the region qualifier. The state meet is set for May 4th.

 

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