Outback track has impressive storylines, talent
The Azalea Outback Track and Field Classic will be held Saturday at Summerville High School.
There will be tremendous talent on display and intriguing storylines to follow:
Fort Dorchester sprinter Jasmine Quinn. She’s coming off four victories at last week’s Sandlapper Track and Field Classic. She had gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 100 hurdles while winning the long jump. She has quite an athletic family tree.
Her father, James, was a national champion in the hurdles and missed out on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics because of an injury. Her oldest brother, Robert, was a first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft and plays for the St. Louis Rams.
Another brother, Miguel, helped Fort Dorchester win the track state championship in 2010.
Bishop England strongman Griffie Loy. He’s the defending Class AA state champion in both the shot put and discus and is arguably the top athlete in the state in both events. He was impressive last week at the Sandlapper Classic with a 58-3 put in the shot. He also won the discus with a heave of 153-9.
Woodland hurdler Christopher Gaddist. The Wolverines always have great athletes, and he just might be the best this spring. He won the Class AA gold medal in the 400 hurdles and finished third in the 110 hurdles. His time of 14.72 last week in the 110 hurdles was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than last year’s winning time of 14.91 at the state meet, turned in by Devante Kinlaw of Aynor.
Burke standout Raven Saunders. Burke isn’t known for its track and field team, but Saunders is making a name for herself. She won the Class A championships in the discus and shot. Don’t be surprised if she breaks Spring Valley’s Xylina McDaniel’s state record of 44-8 in the shot at this year’s state meet.
Wando’s depth. Stratford won the boys Azalea crown last year and Wando won the girls title. This year, don’t be surprised if Wando sweeps. The Warriors have the sprinters, distance runners and field event stars to contend for the big schools’ title in May.
The North-South All-Star Basketball Game is March 16 at Lexington High School. Two local players were selected to play for the South team: Brandon Wilkerson of Summerville and TeAndre Hansley of Stratford.
Wilkerson was a three-time all-Region 8-AAAA selection and was the region player of the year this season. Wilkerson started 77 games in his three seasons with the Green Wave and scored 951 points and helped Summerville earn three consecutive Region 8-AAAA titles.
Hansley was all-Region 7-AAAA and all-state after averaging 17.4 points per game for the Knights.
Dalton Reindollar, an offensive lineman at James Island, signed to play with Wingate. Reindollar (6-3, 290 pounds) was a three-year letterman and was a captain his senior year.
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