Northwestern’s Tre Stanley and Brianna Lewis are the Herald’s 2014 All-Area Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
Stanley, who signed with Coastal Carolina on a track and field scholarship, dominated the hurdles all year en route to a state championship in the 400-meter hurdles and a second place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Stanley set a new Northwestern school record in the event with a 53.42, breaking a mark that had stood since 1994, and earned All-State honors this spring in four events- the 110-meter hurdles, the 400 hurdles, the 4x400 relay and the 4x100 relay.
Lewis’ state title was quite a bit more surprising. She only qualified for the state meet’s version of the 400-meter hurdles as the No. 8 seed in Lane 1, but ran a 1:07.07 - six seconds faster than her seed time - to shock the field and pull off the win. She also was an excellent sprinter for the Trojans, and a member of several successful relay units, including the state championship-winning 4x100-meter relay team.
Track and field
100-meter: Keyshawn Pressley, Clover; Brianna Lewis, Northwestern.
200: Thailand Adams, Rock Hill; Aubriana Thompson, Northwestern.
400: Zach Riley, Fort Mill; Carrie Edwards, Great Falls.
800: Chad Fennell*, Northwestern; Alicia Sanchez, Northwestern.
1600: Loftin Bridges, South Pointe; Victoria Burdette, South Pointe.
3200: Austin St. John, Indian Land; Madison Goode, South Pointe.
110-meter hurdles: Tre Stanley, Northwestern; Adia Simpkins, Northwestern.
400-meter hurdles: Tre Stanley*, Northwestern; Brianna Lewis*, Northwestern.
High jump: Quan Caldwell, Northwestern; Laura Arnson, Northwestern and Carrie Edwards, Great Falls.
Triple jump: Markell Castle, York; Tylia Moses, Rock Hill.
Long jump: Markell Castle, York; Tylia Moses, Rock Hill.
Discus: Quinshun Evans, Lancaster; Yasmine Robinson, Lancaster.
Shot put: Chris Bouyer, Northwestern; Lauren Reese, Northwestern.
Pole vault: Daniel Bolin*, Northwestern; Donna Hood, Northwestern.
Note: a star denotes state champion in that event
Josh Payseur, Great Falls; Jared Long, Indian Land; Cory Brooks, Fort Mill; Shuler Cotton, Fort Mill; Miles Baldwin, Northwestern; Charlie Duncan, Northwestern; Wyatt Reid, South Pointe; Bryan Edwards, South Pointe; Chris Taylor, South Pointe; Spencer Walker, Clover.
Player of the Year: Jared Long, Indian Land- Long averaged 39 strokes per nine holes and finished tied for seventh at the 2A state meet, qualifying him for All-State honors.
Coach of the Year: Eric Harper, Clover
Jay Karwatsky, Fort Mill; Justin White, Clover; Raj Dwivedi, Nation Ford; Patrick Smith, Clover; Garrett Smith, Clover; Rob Long, Clover; Banks Reigel, Nation Ford; Billy Brown, Rock Hill; Davis Plasko, Nation Ford; Alex Smith, Nation Ford.
Player of the Year: Justin White, Clover- White, a sophomore, went 12-0 in Region 3-4A singles play as the Blue Eagles’ No. 1 player, and was region’s automatic selection to the 3A-4A state singles tournament. White won his first round match before bowing out with a pair of losses. He was also named All-Region for the fourth year running.
Coach of the Year: Phil Wingard, Clover
Boys’ Player of the Year: Mitch Russell, Fort Mill- Duke signee scored 59 goals and added 60 assists while leading the Yellow Jackets to the state championship. Russell was named All-American by U.S. Lacrosse, as well as an Academic All-American, and the South Carolina Player of the Year.
Girls’ Player of the Year: Claire Frase, Fort Mill- senior attacker scored 53 goals and assisted 22 more en route to 75 points. Frase was named All-American and was also the South Carolina Attacker of the Year.