CLOVER — Clover High School head boys’ and girls’ track and field coach Jeremy Smith said throughout the season he wanted his kids to peak at the right time.
During the Region 3-AAAA Meet last week at the York Comprehensive High School stadium, the CHS coach got his wish.
The CHS participants made their presence felt in a huge way, sending 16 to Saturday’s state qualifying meet at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
Smith lauded the CHS athletes for a job well done. “Peaking at the right time is what it’s all about,” he said.
The CHS senior duo of Emily Sparrow and Jon Bruney advanced to the state qualifying meet in the 3,200-meter event.
Sparrow, who was nursing a hamstring injury at the region meet, used a realistic approach to last week’s showdown.
“All I want to do is qualify,” she said.
Sparrow is an intense competitor who knows what it takes to be successful. “I prepare during the offseason,” she said. “You have to be willing to make the sacrifices.”
Added Sparrow, who also competes in the mile run: “You have to think more about pace in the two-mile run.”
Bruney said it was all about peaking at the region event. “We’ve worked since January for this,” Bruney said.
The CHS stalwart said he would have to adapt to the wind in the two-mile run. “I will have to adjust to the wind in the last half of the back stretch,” he said.
Other CHS qualifiers included the girls’ 4x800 relay team, Hannah Holcombe, Juhee Bhatt, Jesse DeFalco and Brittany Raw.
The boys’ 4x800, consisting of Brandon Demby, Ricky Ostolaza, Chase Hill and David Cole, advanced, as did the boys’ 4x100 that included Lakerri Adams, Kendall Boyd, Julian Williams and Da’Quan Berry.
Keyshawn Pressley is headed to the state qualifying meet in the 100 meters and Joelle Keffer in the discus.