Lowcountry’s golden track girl

Jasmine Quinn of Fort Dorchester is the female track and field performer of the year.

Grace Beahm

Fort Dorchester’s Quinn won four titles at state meet



Some clouds have silver linings. But the clouds on Jasmine Quinn’s horizon contained gold — gold medals that is.

Quinn missed most of the 2012 track and field season with a hip-flexor injury.

“But there was something good that came out of that,” said her father James Quinn, the school’s track coach. “Part of her rehab included the broad jump. She jumped 10 feet. I didn’t believe. I had her jump again and measured it — 10 feet.”

Her amazing effort in the broad jump led to her competing in the long jump for the first time this season. She won the state title in the long jump and added three other gold medals, including a state record in the 100-meter hurdles.

Her grand slam at the state track and field championships earned Quinn The Post and Courier’s high school track female performer of the year award.

Quinn’s 10-foot leap in the broad jump rivals that of many elite male high school athletes. On the first day of the meet she showcased her jumping ability by soaring 19-71/2 in the long jump, which was only four inches off the state record.

She began Day 2 with a victory in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.90 seconds. Less than 20 minutes later, Quinn won the hurdles with a state record clocking of 13.84, which was nearly a second faster than the rest of the field.

She concluded the day with a gold medal in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.34.

There have been a number of four-event winners recently, but Quinn was the first girl to win four individual events at the state since Teresa Logan of Ninety Six and Kendra Mackey of Rock Hill both accomplished the feat in 1987.

Quinn’s effort was even more impressive because she was only a junior and was hampered by shin splints this spring.

Quinn heads up an impressive group of athletes on this year’s All-Lowcountry track team.

Burke’s Raven Saunders repeats as an All-Lowcountry selection in the shot put and discus.

Michelle Lussier of Class AA state champ Bishop England earned honors in the 800-meter run and the 400-meter hurdles.

Marissa Pinckney of Berkeley concluded her career with another All-Lowcountry selection in the 400-meter dash.

Two young runners are definitely going to have bright futures if they stay healthy and continue to develop. Pinewood Prep seventh-grader Maryah Nasir is all-Lowcountry in the 3,200-meter run, while James Island freshman Mary Stewart Wilson made the team in the 1,600-meter run.

Wando’s Sarah Lee grabs the top honor in the pole vault, while Woodland’s Victoria Wamer is All-Lowcountry in the triple jump.

Kianna Bethel of Hanahan made the team in the high jump.

Bishop England’s Tony Colizzi is coach of the year. He led the Bishops to their 10th state championship, which is tied with Ninety Six and Spring Valley for No. 2 in state history. Johnsonville has 13 state titles.