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Ashley Hall finishes state runner-up in two spring sports

 

 By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – Close, but no cigar for the Ashley Hall track and lacrosse teams this spring.

Both teams had outstanding and successful seasons but came up a little short in their efforts to win a state title in 2017.

The lacrosse team played Porter-Gaud in the first-ever SCISA state championship game back in April. Ashley Hall and Porter-Gaud are the only sanctioned full-time playing lacrosse schools so both teams had to play public schools during their regular season schedule.

The two met twice during the regular season with Porter-Gaud winning two close contests. The championship game was not close as Porter-Gaud broke out to an early lead and cruised to a 20-8 victory.

Lauren Cox and Louise Patterson each scored three goals in the title game. Despite the loss, it appears Ashley Hall is primed for even more success in the sport as it continues to grow in the Lowcountry.

The track team competed in the 2017 SCISA track and field championship meet, held at Porter-Gaud on May 6th. Ashley Hall was seeking to get back on top of AAA, having won the title in 2015. This year’s effort was strong and balanced as 19 Ashley Hall athletes competed in various events. The effort fell eight points short, however, as Heathwood Hall claimed the team championship with Ashley Hall finishing as the state runner-up.

Senior distance runner Lauren Marshall had a strong day for the Panthers, finishing second in three events (800, 1600, 3200). Ava Evans-Godley was right behind Marshall, taking third in the 800 and 1600. Ailisa Ward finished third in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600.

Lauren Simmons won individual gold in the 400-meter run and placed second in the 200. Mattison Matthews finished fifth in the 200 and seventh in the long jump while Caroline Mathisen was fifth in the 800.

Grace Griffith also won individual gold with a win in the high jump. She also placed fourth in the shot put. Brody Faliero was third in the high jump and Bryce Turbeville was third in the pole vault.

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