Porter-Gaud track athletes Mather, Demarest continue to set records and gain honors
Porter-Gaud track and field standouts Layne Mather and Brent Demarest continue to rack up records and accolades.
They traveled to Myrtle Beach over the weekend to compete in the Beach Run Invitational.
Mather placed second in the 1,600-meter run and fourth in the 800, tying the school record in that event, which has stood since 1985. He finally broke the school record with a time of 2:01 in a meet on Wednesday.
He now holds six schools records: the 800 and 1,600 individually, and as a member of the 4x800, 4x1600, sprint medley and distance medley relay teams.
Demarest won the 3,200 meters at Myrtle Beach, but didn’t reset his own record in that event.
His big accolade of the week came via email, as he received notification that the U.S. Triathlon Association has named him an All-American based on his world championship in the Aquathlon this past season.
Demarest recently competed in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University, an invitation-only high school race for elite athletes.
Demarest placed 16th overall with a time of 9:32.93, but was the first sophomore to finish. His time was the second-best time by a South Carolina runner this season and the 17th-best time by a sophomore in the country.
The Goose Creek Gators will have another boys basketball coach next season.
School principal Jimmy Huskey told the Goose Creek Gazette that the school has already interviewed eight candidates and has narrowed the search to three potential coaches.
“We’ve had interviews with some high quality coaches,” Huskey told the newspaper. “We’re on the second round of interviews.”
Huskey didn’t release the names of the three candidates.
Last season, the Gators were 17-7 under interim coach Bruce Walls, finishing with a loss in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Walls took over for Brad Dobbels, who left to take an assistant’s position at Charleston Southern prior to last summer.
The SCISA state playoffs will begin later this month.
The boys state golf championship will be held April 23-24 at Coastal Carolina University.
The boys tennis championships are April 23-30.
The state baseball playoffs will run April 30 to May 17.
The state softball playoffs will be held May 11-12 with the championship series set for May 14-16.
The state track and field championships will be held May 5 at Porter-Gaud.
The boys and girls soccer playoffs will run from May 7-12.
Ashley Ridge right-handed pitcher Justin Fox committed to play for USC-Lancaster.
Fox, who is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA, has allowed 17 hits in 271/3 innings and has 22 strikeouts this season.