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Wando High School
Mt. Pleasant

Wando sets sight on state track titles

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – The Wando High track and field program has its sights set on the AAAAA state track and field championships on May 12-13 in Columbia.

Wando captured region 7-AAAAA titles in boys and girls track and qualified a solid contingent of athletes for the state finals.

Winning region individual region championships on the boys’ team were Patrick Spychalski (3200), Elijah Bull (400 hurdles), David Kowalchick (discus), Dillon McCarthy (pole vault) and Jaelen Edwards (shot put).

Region champions on the girls’ team included Zeniyah Lawrence (100, 200, long jump), Lily Heinold (1600), Chandler Robinson (triple jump), Becca Bowers (3200), Hailey Turk (800), Haley Baker (high jump) and Chloe Bailey (pole vault).

A host of athletes qualified for the lower state AAAAA meet with top eight finishers in each event advancing to the state championships on May 12-13.

Bailey was one of three vaulters to qualify for the pole vault finals. Bailey finished eighth in the qualifier but Rylee Simons finished fourth and Brianna Stamps was seventh.

Lawrence qualified for the state finals in the long jump, 100 and 200 while Cierra Smalls qualified in the 100 and 200. Chandler Robinson qualified in the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles with Jayla Grant qualifying in the shot put.

Boys who qualified for the state finals include Spychalski in the 800, 1600 and 3200, and Bull in the 400 hurdles. Noah Barnhart qualified in the 400 hurdles and Kowalchick made it to the finals in the discus.

McCarty and Worth Burnette qualified in the pole vault. The boys relay teams in the 3200 relay and 1600 relay qualified for the finals, while the girls 3200-meter relay team also qualified.

Wando’s softball team is making quite a run in the AAAAA lower state playoffs. The Warriors came from the loser’s bracket in the district VI tournament to claim the championship. Wando won four straight games after losing their playoff opener to win the title, beating South Florence twice on one night.

Wando is one of four teams remaining in contention for the AAAAA lower state championship. The four-team double-elimination bracket included Conway, Ashley Ridge and Dutch Fork.

 Wando lost their first-round game to Ashley Ridge, 6-2, but avoided elimination with a win over Conway. Senior pitcher Alyssa Heinrich struck out 15 hitters in the win.

Wando and Ashley Ridge were meeting in an elimination game on May 10th with the winner facing White Knoll for the lower state championship.

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