All-state teams were released this week for South Carolina high school soccer; here are the locals that made the grade:
Girls: Haley Hocking (Clover), Kimber Haley and Meredith Christopher (Fort Mill)
Boys: Adam Watkins (Clover)
Girls: Aubrey Mowery (York)
Boys: Sean Walsh (York)
Girls: Kailee Erwin, Emily Gerdes and Summer Bishop (Indian Land)
Boys: Joey Parsons (Indian Land)
Track and field state championships Saturday
A slew of local athletes and schools will compete in the state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Spring Valley High School. There are quite a few potential medalists from The Herald’s coverage area, including Northwestern and Lewisville, which have legitimate shots at the 5A and 1A team titles. Here are a few individuals to keep an eye on:
▪ Angelnique Bryant, Nation Ford - junior won the 100-meter prelims at the 5A state qualifier. Her 11.77 time reached MileSplit’s national gold standard, the only local athlete to do so at the 5A qualifier and one of just nine total.
▪ Anna Brewer, Fort Mill - junior won the 400-meter hurdles at the 5A state qualifier.
▪ Ivana Mclamb and Victoria Wilform, Northwestern - these two each have a shot at winning the high jump state title. Mclamb narrowly won the 5A qualifier over her teammate, who finished tied for second at last year’s 4A championship meet.
▪ Jessica Brewer, Fort Mill, and Pressley Perry, Rock Hill - the juniors are two of the best pole vaulters around, Brewer will be one of the favorites to win the state title following a second place finish at the 4A state meet in 2016. Perry gave her a run for her money at the 5A qualifier meet last weekend but finished second.
▪ Jawan Strong, Northwestern - sophomore won the 5A state qualifier high jump championship.
▪ Haley Bishop, South Pointe - freshman finished second in the 200-meter dash at the 4A state qualifier last weekend. If not this year, look out in the future.
▪ Nyah Marshall, South Pointe - high jumper finished fourth (4 feet, 8 inches), two inches off the winner at the 4A state qualifier.
▪ Quinest Bishop, South Pointe - senior has a shot to medal in the 100 and 200 meters.
▪ Ethan Berry, York - senior finished fifth at the 4A state qualifier in the 400-meter dash (50.86), just over a second off first place time.
▪ Ke’Trael Lytle, York, and Steven Gilmore Jr., South Pointe - Lytle finished second and Gilmore Jr. fifth in the long jump at the state qualifier. Lytle has a big chance to win following his second place finish at last year’s 4A state meet.
▪ Ben Watkins, York - senior pole vaulter cleared a foot more than the second-placed finisher. He’ll be hoping to bring home gold Saturday after finishing fourth in 4A last spring.
▪ Kaitlyn Rodman, Indian Land - the ninth grader will compete in several longer distance events, with her best shot probably in the 800 meters. She won the 2A 1600-meter state championship last spring.
▪ Marlin Davis, Indian Land - junior finished second in the 3A Upper State qualifier 100-meter dash and also will contend in the 200.
▪ Malcolm Reed, Indian Land - senior will compete in the 400-meter dash. He finished third at the 3A Upper State qualifier.
▪ Kaitlyn Fossett, Lewisville, and Adrieanna McMullen, Great Falls - 10th graders finished second and third in the 100-meter dash at the 1A Upper State championship meet.
▪ Megan Flynn, Lewisville - could compete in as many as four events Saturday and has definite shots to win the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters.
▪ Aaron Rice, Great Falls - placed fourth in the 1A Upper State qualifier in the 100 meters.
▪ A.J. Robinson, Lewisville - won the long jump by nearly two feet at the 1A Upper State qualifier. Definite contender for a state title, and also strong in the triple jump.
▪ Seth Hinson, Great Falls - sophomore placed second in the shot put at the 1A Upper State meet by just two inches.