Local track and field teams aim for state championships this weekend

The South Carolina High School League track and field championship meets are set for this weekend in Columbia. Aiken High, the reigning champions, has dominated the championship rings in recent years with both the girls and boys teams extending their region championship winning streaks. This year, Eliza King of Aiken is a strong contender in Class AAAA with a chance to become a four-time state champion in the javelin throw. Other Aiken athletes such as Sandi King, Scotlynn Staley, and Malasia Jamison have also qualified for the state meet in various events.

On the boys’ side, Aiken High will have Carson Colmer, Cam’ron Frazier, Adam Fundak, and a 4×800 relay team competing. Midland Valley has Torion Whiteisde and Morgan Coverson-Springs as top athletes. Coverson-Springs is a two-time Region Female Athlete of the Year and an Upper State champion in both hurdles races while Whiteisde is the Region Male Athlete of the Year. Other Midland Valley qualifiers include Dominic Morgan, Kamari Curtis, Diosleydis Gutierrez and girls’ 4×100 relay team.

North Augusta will be represented by Ryan Flowers in the 400-meter dash while South Aiken has multiple entrants in different events including Zach Whitson in pole vault and Braylon Bussey in 110 hurdles. Kameron Reece, Kyler Wade and Ogechukwu Eneje will also represent South Aiken at Spring Valley High School on Saturday morning. With a total of 28 entrants from these four schools, this promises to be an exciting competition that will be full of intensity at Spring Valley High School on Saturday morning.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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