BOWMAN COLUMN: Pinewood Prep's Maryah Nasir is a runner to keep up with
The SCISA state track championships were held last week, and the High School League's state meet will be held this weekend.
That makes it a good time to look back and ahead.
And something to definitely look back on was the performance by Pinewood Prep distance runner Maryah Nasir at the SCISA meet held at Porter-Gaud.
While Porter-Gaud junior Brent Demarest set a state record of 9 minutes, 43.92 seconds in the 3,200 meters en route to four gold medals, and teammate Travis Barnett heaved the discus a state record 151-9˝, the top single-event performance arguably belonged to Nasir.
She set a state record of 11:15.86 in the 3,200, one of six national elite times and distances turned in at the event. It was the third fastest time in the state this year, regardless of classification.
The 3,200 was the most exciting race of the day as Nasir edged Heathwood Hall's Brook Grice, who also turned in a national elite time of 11:17.68.
Nasir also is a SCISA region champion in the 1,600 with a time of 5:15.8, which is fifth fastest in the state.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Nasir's performance is that she is in seventh grade.
Kate Niehuas of Spring Valley owns the overall state record in the 3,200, turning in a time of 10:47.75 in 2005.
If Nasir continues to work hard and stay injury free, the record could be hers by the time she graduates in 2018.
West Ashley, which won its first outright Region 7-AAAA baseball championship in school history, leads the way on the region all-star team.
Wildcats selected include Jonathan Sabo, David Allen, Taylor Oden and John Michael Gibbons. The Wildcats' Mitch Miggenburg is coach of the year.
Cane Bay and Wando both had three selections. The Cobras' selections include Austin Timm, B.J. Thompson and Blaine Peck. Wando's picks include Michael Carpin, Babe Thomas and Oliver Hill.
Chris Singleton and Cody Smith of Goose Creek, and Michael Punteney and J.D. Davis of Stratford round out the team.
Wando, which finished No. 2 in the state during the softball regular season, leads the way with four all-region picks: Danica Newton, Kayla Bannister, Emily Stafford and Brooke Gilbert.
West Ashley and Stratford both had three picks. The Wildcats' selections include Whitney Williams, Ashton Coker and Katie Stovall. Stratford's picks include Megan Johnson, Kali Rose and Jessica Palmer.
Traci Howell and Crista Natividad of Cane Bay, and Bailey Craven and Ashlyn Ryan of Goose Creek round out the team.
Bobby Marion of West Ashley is coach of the year.
Two Lowcountry football players — Stratford quarterback Jacob Park and Goose Creek tight end Kalan Ritchie — are among the 400 players nationwide who were nominated to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The game is Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Other Palmetto State players nominated include: Kwamel Barnes, OL, Saluda; Kevin Crosby, LB, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Shaquille Davidson, WR, Gaffney; Christian Miller, LB, Spring Valley; Jae'lon Oggelsby, RB, Daniel; Naquez Pringle, DL, Carvers Bay; Cannon Smith, TE, Hammond; Donnell Stanley, OL, Latta and Dexter Wideman, DL, Saluda.
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