YCHS track participants advance to state qualifier

genegraham@comporium.netMay 8, 2014 

— The York Comprehensive High School boys’ track and field team will send seven participants to the state qualifying meet at Spring Valley High School on Saturday.

York athletes qualified during the Region 3-AAAA Meet on May 1 at YCHS stadium.

“The kids worked hard all season to improve,” said head coach Joey Moore before the region meet. “Today is the day to get it done. This is it.”

“The boys’ team competed hard,” he said.

York sprinter Jamar Griffin had a productive day, qualifying in the 100- and 200-meter events.

Matt Ransom continued his successful pace in the 400-meter run, and Jesse Dillhyon qualified in the pole vault.

Markell Castle and Kyron Schrouder qualified in the long jump and triple jump, Ethan Whitesides in the shot put and Shuler Littleton in the discus.

“Throwing the discus is all about technique, staying low for the toss,” said Littleton. “I had momentum going in from a first-place finish in the York County meet.”

The girls’ track and field team will be represented by Leah Fuda in the pole vault and Kinleigh Wilkerson in the shot put.

Wilkerson, a sophomore, said she trains at home in addition to practicing with the team.

“When you’ve had success in previous meets, you know what it takes to continue that success,” said Wilkerson.

Those winning in the Saturday qualifying meet will advance to the state track and field championships May 16-17 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

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