West Ashley tracksters having solid spring
By David Shelton
Charleston – Hoping to contend in a very competitive region, the West Ashley High track and field program is having a solid spring through the first month of the 2017 season.
Several athletes have competed at a high level in quality invitational events and West Ashley will host the Charleston County track and field championships on April 5-6.
On the boys’ team, sprinter Isaiah Whitney has been impressive in the 100, 200 and 400 meter events. Whitney has posted a top time of 11.21 seconds in the 100, 22.80 in the 200 and 53.10 seconds in the 400.
Rodney Graham has been the team’s top performer in the 800-meter run while Seth Eaton has been tops in the 1600-meter run. Garrison Prestwood is the best runner in the 3200-meter run.
The top hurdlers this spring have been Fulmer Collins in the 110 high hurdles and Tariq Holmes in the 400 low hurdles.
In the jumps, Cornelius Gallon has been one of the best in the lower state in the triple jump while Brandon Williams is the top high jumper. Daron Campbell is West Ashley’s best long jumper.
Working in the throws are Robert O’Donald (shot put) and Jonathan Legare (discus).
In girls’ track, the top sprinters have been Taylor Presley (100, 200) and Destiny Green (400), with Emily O’Toole working in the 800. Isabel Del Mastro is the top distance runner, competing in the 1600 and 3200. Mariya Martino is the best 100-meter hurdler and Jamaika Gilliard is the top 400-meter hurdler.
Dazia Chandler excels in the long, triple and high jumps. Megan Clark works in the pole vault while Briane Daniel (discus) and Tanzania Watson (shot put) work in the throws.
West Ashley’s baseball team enters the final two weeks of the region 7-AAAAA schedule in contention for the region title. The Wildcats won seven of their first 10 region games, posting a 10-6 record overall. The 7-3 league mark puts West Ashley in the top three of the region standings with four games remaining.
The has been led offensively by Michael Poulos, who is hitting .390 with a team-high 12 RBI’s. Rodney Griffen is hitting .400 with seven RBI’s and Jordan Hughes is also hitting .390. Freshman Vince Smith is hitting .300 with seven RBI’s.
Leading the way on the mound are Nick Denton and Branson Bates. Each has two wins and both sport earned run averages under 2.50.