The SCHSL state championships were in high gear in Columbia this weekend for all five classifications.
Highlighted by Southside Christian freshman Grayson Gibbons, the first athlete to win four events at the state track finals (any classification) since 2014, Greenville County had multiple individual state champions.
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Here are the 15 best performances from athletes competing for Greenville-area schools over the weekend:
Teams: The Greer Middle College and Southside Christian boys track and field teams won the Class A and Class AA state championships as teams over the weekend.
Ezekiel Bailey, Southside Christian, Jr.: Bailey won the Class A pole vault gold medal with a vault of 11 feet.
Grayson Gibbons, Southside Christian, Fr.: Gibbons became the first track athlete since 2014 to win four events at the state track meet. He won the 1600-, 3200- and 800-meter events and also anchored the Sabres’ 3,200-meter relay team.
Jordan Hunter, Southside, Sr.: Hunter finished sixth to make all-state recognition at the AAA state championships over the weekend.
Ty Jones, Riverside, Fr.: Jones, the only freshman in the AAAAA 1600-meter race, finished eighth in the event with a time of 4:28.21.
Blake Presley, Eastside, Sr.: Presley leaves Eastside after his final meet as one of the best throwers in SCHSL history. He won his second AAAA shot put title in a row on Saturday.
Lucas Pryor, Greer Middle College, Sr.: Pryor won the Class AA pole vault, springing to a 13-foot vault that was a half-foot better than second place (which was his teammate, GMC senior Joe Durrell).
Southside High School 4×100-meter relay team: The Tigers won one event at the Class AAA state championships, the 4×100-meter relay. The Tigers ran 3:23.69.
Adam Trusty, Greer Middle College, Sr.: Trusty won the Class AA 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.39.
Jake Wadas, Wade Hampton, Jr.: Wadas finished third in the AAAAA 1600-meter run with a time of 4:18.55. His teammate Trey Sullivan was fifth with a time of 4:21.81. Wadas also finished fourth in the 3200-meter run, running 9:32.96.
Teams: J.L. Mann’s girls’ track and field team won the team state championship in Class AAAAA on Friday, beating out Blythewood for the title. Southside Christian’s girls’ track team finished third after a scoring error originally had them finishing second as a team.
Cloe Dew, Isabella Maria, Southside Christian, Jr.: Both juniors, Maria and Dew both vaulted 8 feet, 6 inches to tie for the Class A title in the event.
Hannah Hallex, Blue Ridge: Hallex finished third in the high jump at the Class AAA meet with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.
Hattie Jennings, Greer Middle College, Jr.: GMC always has good distance runners, but Jennings shined, winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the Class AA finals.
Ja’Mia Johnson, JL Mann, Sr.: The Patriot’s top hurdler, Johnson finished third in both the 400-meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdle finals in Class AAAAA.
Miah Johnson, Riverside, Soph.: Just a sophomore, Johnson finished second in the AAAAA 800 meter with a time of 2:18.76.
Emma Mills, Eastside, Fr.: Mills set Eastside High School records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She finished fourth in the 100-meter dash at the AAAA finals meet.
Madison Roush, J.L. Mann, Sr.: Roush, who is Clemson-bound to run for the Tigers track and cross country teams, won the AAAAA 800-meter on Friday with a time of 2:17.63.
Gabby Swinton, Blue Ridge, Sr.: Swinton won the AAA shot put title Saturday. She also broke the Blue Ridge school record this year.
Taymar Smith, Greer Middle College Charter, Sr.: Smith won the AA title in the girls’ 800-meter with a time of 2:27.46.
Alina Uguz, Christ Church, 7th: Just a 7th grader, Uguz won the high jump in Class AA with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.
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