The top track and field athletes in the area will compete for their respective county championships this week as Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties host their annual championship meets.
Berkeley County will get things started on Tuesday as Cane Bay High School hosts the event. The meet will conclude on Wednesday but if rain forces postponement on Tuesday, the event will run Wednesday and Thursday.
Though smaller in number of schools than Charleston County, the Berkeley county meet may be the most competitive with athletes from Hanahan, Berkeley, Stratford, Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Cross and Timberland.
The meet includes Berkeley hurdler Keishaun Limehouse — the top hurdler in the state this spring, as well as state contenders R.J. Roderick (Cane Bay) in the triple jump and Tre Smalls (Hanahan) in the shot put. Goose Creek’s Rache McMillan is a top high jumper and Cane Bay’s Nakil Tolliver has been the second best hurdler in the county, behind Limehouse.
Heading up Stratford’s efforts will be boys’ sprinter Devonte Fuller and distance runner Eric Abdullah, while thrower Aaliyah Deveaux is the top performer on the girls’ team.
Hurdler Destiny McKnight of Goose Creek is another top female athlete competing in the Berkeley county meet.
The Charleston County meet, hosted by West Ashley on Wednesday and Thursday, highlights two of the top sprinters in the state — Darrell Singleton of West Ashley and Kevin Brown of Wando. Singleton, in fact, is the state’s top performer this spring in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. His 100 time of 10.48 over the weekend in the Taco Bell Classic ranks as the second fastest time in the country this spring.
The distance events feature two of the top underclassmen in the state — sophomore Patrick Spychalski of Wando and freshman Dolan Owens of James Island. Wando pole vaulter Evan Bailey is another top athlete in the field, while James Island vaulter Hailey Sweatman and Wando sprinter Zeniyah Lawrence highlight the girls’ meet.
Woodland High will host the Dorchester County meet on Wednesday — a one-day event with four schools competing.
Summerville figures to be the favorite in the girls’ meet. The Green Wave is led by sophomore sensation Imagine Patterson, a state title contender in the 100, 200, 400 and 400 hurdles. Summerville also has an excellent jumper in Savannah Marx. Sommer McKenzie heads up the distance events while Sara Dixson is a state contender in the shot put and discus.
Ashley Ridge athletes to watch in the girls’ meet include sprinters Olivia Brown and Nia Portis, along with distance performer Megan Winningham.
Woodland thrower Tedreauna Britt will battle Dixson in the shot put and discus.
Top athletes to watch in the boys’ meet include Ashley Ridge distance runner Jackson Ellenburg, Fort Dorchester jumper Diondre Champaigne, and Summerville jumpers Devontae Rumph and Jalen Johnson.
The top performers in the three county meets will compete next Wednesday in the Tri-County championship meet.