State meet final step for area track and field stars
The area will be represented when state track and field titles are up for grabs Friday and Saturday at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins.
Among the contingent competing are three athletes seeded No. 1 in their respective events. They earned those seeds in the state qualifiers last weekend.
Stratford’s T.J. Deveaux (164-08) was the top qualifier in the discus, Goose Creek’s Deandre Daniels (48.38) is the highest seed in the 400-meter dash, Hanahan’s Grant Kelley (12-00) is No. 1 in the pole vault and Rachael Austin (5-00) is the top seed in the high jump.
“T.J. rose to the occasion,” Stratford coach Shane Sutherland said. “He’s got a chance to win but it’s not going to be a gimme.”
Other qualifiers for Stratford are Ross Jordan (3200), Destiny McKnight (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Brandon Mullins (pole vault) and Kaitlin Dealoach (shot put).
The last state champions for Stratford were Britney Jefferson in the 100-meter hurdles in 2008 and Toma Walker in the 800-meter run in 2005.
Daniels is having a season to remember, Gators coach Joe Hauff said.
“Deandre is having a great track season,” he added. “He has gotten better each week and has the tendency to rise to the level of his competition. He works hard at practice.”
He is also part of the 400-meter relay team for the Gators that is seeded seventh.
Cane Bay’s qualifiers are Henry Pryor (shot put), Brookelynn Doctor (shot put, discus) and Tyrell Davis (discus).
In 2012, a pair of seniors - Cane Bay’s Ashlee Eady (high jump) and Hanahan’s Chris Brown (triple jump) – brought home state titles back to Berkeley County. Davis was second in the discus and Austin was second in both the pole vault and high jump.
Deveaux was third in the discus.
Hanahan is taking 13 boys in 10 different events.
“It’s a young group,” HHS boys coach David Pratt said. “We don’t have many that have been to the state meet before. We’ve only got about two or three seniors… This team has really improved.”
List of qualifiers
Stratford (Class AAAA)
T.J. Deveaux, discus . 164-08, first
Ross Jordan, 3200, 9:43.71, second
Destiny McKnight, 100 hurdles, 15.83, third
Destiny McKnight, 400 hurdles, 1:06.34, third
Brandon Mullins, pole vault, 13-00, fifth
Kaitlin Deloach, shot put, 35-00, sixth
Cane Bay (Class AAAA)
Henry Pryor, shot put, 50-00.50, second
Brookelynn Doctor, shot put, 36-03, fourth
Brookelynn Doctor, discus, 115.10.50, fourth
Tyrell Davis, discus, 153-11, fifth
Goose Creek (Class AAAA)
Deandre Daniels, 400, 48.38, first
Deandre Daniels, 200, 22.35, fourth
400 relay, 43.34, seventh
Hanahan (Class AAA)
Grant Kelley, pole vault, 12-00, first
Rachael Austin, high jump, 5-00, first
Quan Wade, discus, 150-10, second
Greg Casselman, 400 hurdles, 57.59, fourth
3200 relay, 8:32, fourth
Rachael Austin, pole vault, 8-6, fifth
Kahlim Denmark, 100, 11.28, fifth
Kahlim Denmark, 200, 22.32, fifth
Jacob Garibay, discus, 145-05, fifth
John Torlay, pole vault, 11-6, sixth
Kianna Bethel, high jump, 4-10, sixth
Greg Casselman, 110 hurdles, 15.82, sixth
1600 relay, 3:29.56, sixth
Alyssa Kinsey, triple jump, 34-8, eighth