Enquirer Herald

CHS track teams eye county, region meets

CLOVER -- With the track season winding down, Clover High School coach Nash Lyle hopes the CHS teams reach peak form in season-defining meets the remainder of the month.

Clover boys and girls track participants will compete in Saturday's Coaches Classic to be held at Dreher High School in Columbia.

The weekend action, originally scheduled for March 28, will serve as a tune up for bigger things to come.

The annual York County Meet will be held April 23 at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill.

Next for the CHS athletes will be the Region 3-AAAA Meet slated for April 30 at Northwestern High School.

Lyle expects formidable opposition in the county and region meets.

"Northwestern and Fort Mill have strong boys and girls teams and the South Pointe boys are having a good year," noted Lyle.

The CHS coach said the region meet will be the teams' primary focus.

"The region meet determines which teams advance to state competition," Lyle said. "The top four teams in each event advance to the state."

Lyle said individual track participants have competed successfully this season.

Jai Littlejohn, a ninth-grader making his presence felt at previous meets, has made his mark in the long jump and triple jump.

Lyle praised Derrick Carothers for his success in the sprint races (100 meters and 200 meters).

"Tyler Waters has high jumped consistently in the 6-foot 4-inch range," he said.

Girls track members impacting the season include distance runner Grace Thompson and Kelly Conkin in the 400 meters and sprints.

Raven Jackson and Genesis Darden also have run well in sprint competition.

Lyle lauded the efforts of Imani Wood in the hurdles and long jump and Rachel Hester in the shot put and discus throw.

Hester, a senior competing in track-and-field since the seventh-grade, understands what it takes to be competitive.

Said Hester, "It requires a lot of work to compete at the 4A level, but it's also fun."

The CHS athlete said the shot put requires more strength, while the discus throw is more about technique.

"You need a balance between the two," she said.

Hester said she is excited about the competition as her high school career winds down.

She maintains a competitive spirit in a sport she enjoys.

Lyle said the team members are gearing up for a heavy slate of activity to close out the season.

"It's tough competition at the 4A level," observed the CHS coach. "We're hoping for more warm weather.

"It was cold in last week's meet at South Pointe."

Clover concludes regular-season competition by hosting Gaffney Monday at 5 p.m. as a prelude to the York County Meet the following Thursday.