Hanahan track coach David Pratt says his team's goal is the same as last year's. He's just hoping for different results.
The Hawks seemed to be the team to beat at last year's Class AA state championships, going in as the favorite and leading Chesnee, 42-36, after 11 of the 17 events had been scored.
But the Hawks fell flat as Chesnee rallied to outpoint the Hawks, 62-57, and win the state title.
"Our goal is the same," the veteran coach said. "We just have to do the best we can and compete like we have all year. If we do that, I like our chances."
The High School League will crown champions in all four classes. The meet begins today at Spring Valley High School and concludes Saturday.
The Hawks have contestants in 14 of the 17 events, but Pratt said his team can't take anything for granted.
"I haven't tried to figure out the scoring on paper," Pratt said. "We just have to go up there and do the best we can. We can't rely on one person. Everybody has to do their part. Last year, we had a lot of juniors and they knew there was no guarantees. Now, they are seniors and know this is their last chance. I told them to enjoy this and capture the moment."
Last year, Chris Brown was injured which was a big blow to the Hawks' chances. He's healthy now and should score in four events. He's the favorite in the long and triple jumps, and finished third in the 200 at the Lower State meet. But he is one of many talented Hawks.
Alex Solis won the 1,600 and 3,200 last week while the Hawks' 400 and 3,200 relays teams captured gold. Dana Snyder is coming off a win in the pole vault at the Lower State.
Pratt said the Hawks' biggest competition will come from Bishop England, Broome, Carolina and Mid-Carolina.
"We're in a lot better shape than we were last year," Pratt said. "We don't have to win every event. We just have to get some second- and third-place finishes and win a few events."