Many of the state’s top relay and field teams collided at the 14th annual Mellow Mushroom Relays Saturday at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant.
The annual meet featured 25 teams, including at least seven defending state champions.
Bishop England won the boys distance, 800 and 1,600-meter relays. Colin Costello, Logan Desciak, Mark Richter and Aidan Richter teamed up to win the 800 by more than five seconds over runner-up Summerville. Desciak, Mark Richter, Daniel Infante and Sam Boykin took the 1,600 by almost 29 seconds. Boykin, Mark and Aidan Richter and Logan Desciak won the distance relay by more than 20 seconds.
Philip Simmons won the boys sprint relay, Peyton Woolridge, Kiamani Denmark, R.J. Watson and Noah Ward combined to edge Summerville by two-tenths of a second. Wando placed third in the 110-meter shuttle hurdles. Palmetto Christian finished seventh in the Eagles’ best showing on the boys side.
Wando took first, second and third in the boys pole vault. Warriors junior Dillon McCarthy won the event at 14-06, followed by Luke Carullo and Jonathan Togami at 13-00. Jake Thayer landed ninth with the best showing for the Academic Magnet boys.
Wando won first and second in the boys discus event as David Kowalchik threw 174-00 and Paul Kowalchik followed at 168-07. Jaden Jenkins placed fourth for the Warriors. The Kowalchik brothers took first and second in the in the shot put too, as Paul landed 58-08.5 and David threw 53-03.5.
The Warriors swept the javelin event with senior Luke Pauldine winning at 164-04, Caleb Walker following in second, Ethan Cocco in third and Troy Cocco in fourth. Mark Richter finished fifth for Bishop England.
Porter-Gaud sophomore Kyle Lafayette turned in the best showing for the Cyclone boys, taking seventh in the triple jump.
The Wando girls teams placed second in the 800 and 1,600 relays and third in the 100 and 100 shuttle. Philip Simmons’ girls team finished third in the sprint medley. Porter-Gaud placed fourth in the 400 and 1,600. Ashley Hall landed seventh in the 100 shuttle hurdles.
Palmetto Christian senior Catherine Cave won the high jump at 4-10 with freshman teammate Charlee Olson two inches behind in second. Sophie Heinold finished fourth and Kaitlyn Bostic fifth from Wando.
Bishop England sophomore Grace Hotchkiss won the pole vault for the Bishops at 11-06. Wando eighth-grader Hannah Togami landed six inches behind in second, while Ashley Hall sophomore Bryce Tuberville placed fourth.
Bishops junior Emma Albano won the discus at 124-09. Jayla Grant placed fourth and Angel Clark fifth for Wando. Albano also finished second in the javelin event, with Porter-Gaud eight-grader Ginger Arnold in third and Academic Magnet junior Julia Spencer in fourth. Athletes from the East Cooper area took second through 13th in the javelin standings.
Grant earned second in the shot put with Albano third and Wando’s Riley Lair in fourth.
Academic Magnet senior Colin Baker missed the Mellow Mushroom Relays, running instead at the Texas Distance Festival in Southlake Texas, an annual meeting of many of the top-ranked distance runners in the nation. Baker placed fifth overall in the 5,000-meter run, turning in a new personal best of 14:35.53.