Weekly roundup: Track & field teams deliver on high preseason expectations

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jerome Coaxum looks for passing room in the 4x400 relay. The Warriors placed seventh in that event. Coaxum won an individual state title for 400 hurdles. COURTESY OF LUCY RUMMLER

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Bishop England

The Bishop England girls track and field team won the overall 2A state championship meet this past Saturday. Michelle Lussier earned the individual state title in the 400 hurdles and runner up in the 800 event.

Sophomore Hollis Weatherford came in third in the 400 and 800 runs. Michele Boykin grabbed third in the 1600 and 3200 runs.

The Battling Bishops won both the 4x400 and 4x800 relay events. Pole vault was also a strong showing for them, as Emily Dibona came in second, Julia O’Donnell came in fourth and Julie Masciale came in sixth. Jessica Dobbins and Caroline Oliver finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in discus.

The Bishop England boys track and field team earned second place in the 2A state championship meet. Woodland came in first.

Griffie Loy continued to dominate the discus and shot put events, easily winning both. His discus throw of 196 feet six inches is good enough for fifth best in the nation.

DeAngelo Stephenson grabbed first in the 200 and 400 meter dashes, as well as a fifth finish in the 100. A trio of Bishops flooded the top six in the 800 event: Alex Righi (fourth), Andrew Furmanchik (fifth) and Cristian Widenhouse (sixth).

Widenhouse also won the 1600 run and was runner up in the 3200. The Bishop England 4x800 relay team won the event and the Bishops’ 4x400 relay group placed fifth. Parkwood Griffith, a senior, came in fifth in the pole vault competition.


Wando

The Wando girls track and field team earned second place in the 4A state championship meet this past Saturday. J.L. Mann won the title.

Junior Sarah Lee won an individual state championship in pole vault with a height of 11 feet 6 inches. The 4x100 relay team qualified for the finale for the first time in 11 years and grabbed runner up with a school record time of 47.75. Lee, Angelica Collins, Cierra Smalls and Zeniyah Lawrence made up the relay team.

Collins also placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the 100 meter dash. Senior Georgia Compton finished her Warrior career with fourth place in the 1600, sixth in the 3200 and 4th on the 4x900 relay team.

The Wando boys track and field team grabbed third place overall in the state meet. Senior Jerome Coaxum won an individual title for the 400 hurdles, placed sixth in the 110 hurdles and participated on the seventh place 4x400 relay team.

Sophomore Kenny Waring came in third in the long jump event. The Warriors placed two athletes in the top six of pole vault: Guage Wood (third) and Zach Dauscher (sixth). Hampton Harvin finished fourth in the high jump.

A.J. Gawryluk was busy accumlating points, finishing in sixth in the 1600 and 3200 runs and helping the 4x800 team earn fifth. Scott Stroman placed sixth in the 800 run and helped Wando in the 4x400 and 4x800 relay events. Kato Junior finished eighth in the 400 hurdles.

TENNIS


Wando

The Wando boys tennis team lost in straight sets to Lexington this past Wednesday night, concluding its season in the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs.

The Warriors, a No. 1 seed, defeated Fort Dorchester and Dutch Fork in the first two rounds. South Aiken won the state title this past Saturday.


Bishop England

The Bishop England boys tennis team lost to Waccamaw, 4-2, this past Thursday in the 2A Lower State finals. The Battling Bishops had defeated Academic Magnet in the second after enjoying a bye in the opening round.

Christ Church, in the Upper State bracket, defeated Waccamaw 6-1 to win the championship.

BASEBALL


The Bishop England baseball team hosts the second game of the 2A state championship series Wednesday night. The Battling Bishops lost to host Chesnee 2-1, Monday, and have to win Wednesday to avoid a sweep.

SOCCER


Academic Magnet

The Academic Magnet boys soccer team hosted rival Bishop England Tuesday night after press time in the 2A Lower State final. The Raptors have faced little resistance up to that point, cruising past Calhoun County, Battery Creek and Silver Bluff.

The Academic Magnet girls soccer team advanced to the 2A state championship after knocking off rival Bishop England, 3-0, Monday night.


Bishop England

The Bishop England boys soccer team traveled to Academic Magnet Tuesday night. As a No. 2 seed, the Bishops have knocked off Aynor, Ridgeland-Hardeeville and Waccamaw in the 2A state playoffs. Tuesday’s winner advances to the state championship match on Saturday to face the winner of Indian Land and Ninety-Six of the Upper State.

The Bishop England girls soccer team saw its season end in the Lower State final, 3-0, to Academic Magnet.


Wando

The Wando boys soccer team was upset in the second round of the 4A state playoffs by Dutch Fork, 2-1, this past Thursday. The Warriors (22-1) had been ranked No. 1 in the state and co-No. 1 in the nation prior to the postseason, according to a National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

Andrew Davis scored Wando’s lone goal in the eighth minute, but the Silver Foxes countered in the 19th and 48th minutes.

The Wando girls soccer team continued its stellar postseason play with a 2-0 win over Lexington in the 4A Lower State final. The Warriors will play J.L. Mann in the state title game Friday.

LACROSSE


Ian Kennedy, an eighth grader at Cario Middle School, has been named as a Brine National All-Star, earning him spots in the Brine National All-State Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic.

The events will be held in Boyds, Md., June 30-July 3. The academy brings top middle school lacrosse players to compete on regional teams where an eventual national champion will be awarded. NCAA coaches guide the teams. Kennedy will represent the Carolina Region.

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