Cougars out front for state qualifying meet

genegraham@comporium.netApril 30, 2013 

— The York Comprehensive High School boys’ track team will send 13 participants to Saturday’s state qualifying meet at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

York head track coach Joey Moore praised the performance of his runners during last week’s Region 3-AAAA Meet hosted by the Cougars.

“We are proud of the number of state qualifiers, and to have hosted the region meet at a track facility that is second to none,” Moore said of the second consecutive major track event at the York facility. The Bob Jenkins Herald York County Meet was the previous week in York.

Several Cougars qualified in multiple events, including Lamin Yanseneh. The senior advanced to the state qualifying meet in the long jump and triple jump and also was a member of the 4x100 relay team.

The following Cougars advanced to the state in two different events: Matt Ransom, 400m and 4x400 relay; Rainey Moore, 110 hurdles and long jump; Kyron Schrouder, long jump and triple jump; Kaiyon Schrouder, shot put and discus; and Robert Cunninghham, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Others advancing to the state qualifying were Tyrice Hayes in the high jump; Jesse Dillyhon, pole vault; Treston Perciful, pole vault; Tay Neely, 4x100 relay; Derick Crowder, 4x100 relay; TaWaun Neely, 4x400 relay; and Cole Rumfelt, 4x400 relay.

York girls’ track coach David Griffin saw Taylor Bankhead in the shot put and discus and Alawna Orr in the 100 meters advance to Saturday’s state qualifying meet.

The Lady Cougars’ 4x800 relay team, which is Morgan Kuczler, Hannah Kirkland, Grace Good and Jenna Dasilva, also advanced to the state qualifier.

Senior track and field mainstay Kierra Addison, who has earned first-place finishes in the long jump, 200 meters and 4x400 relays during her York High career, talked about what the sport means to her before last week’s region meet.

“I practice hard and prepare hard,” said Addison, who has been involved in the Lady Cougars track program since seventh grade. “It doesn’t just happen. You have to earn it.

“I love track.”

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