Quinn, Loy shine during state track championships

Jasmine Quinn

Jasmine Quinn won two gold medals in a span of 20 minutes, including a state-record effort. By the time the High School League’s state track and field championships concluded Saturday at Lower Richland High School, the Fort Dorchester star had the performance of a lifetime.

So did Bishop England’s Griffie Loy. Loy repeated as the Class AA state champ in the shot put and discus. He heaved the discus 196 feet, 6 inches to shatter the state record by 111/2 feet. His effort was the fifth-best in the country this spring.

Burke’s Raven Saunders also won a pair of gold medals in the Class AA girls shot put and discus throw.

Loy’s effort was the exclamation point for the Bishops, who had a big day. The Bishop England girls won the team championship with an 88-75 victory over Batesburg-Leesville. The Bishop England boys finished second to Woodland. The Wolverines scored 121 points to the Bishops’ 95.

Quinn, a junior, collected four gold medals, winning the Class AAAA 100- and 200-meter dashes, while setting a state record in the 100-meter hurdles. Throw in Friday’s victory in the long jump and Quinn had track’s version of the grand slam. What made her performance even more impressive is that she set personal records in all four events while enduring painful shin splints.

There have been a number of four-event winners recently, but Quinn is the first girl to have four individual wins at the state meet since Teresa Logan of Ninety Six and Kendra Mackey of Rock Hill both accomplished the feat in 1987. Logan won the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Mackey prevailed in the 100, 200, 400 and high jump.

Quinn began the day with a state record 13.84 in the hurdles. Twenty minutes later, she won the 100 in 11.90. By the time she concluded the 200, she was grimacing as she crossed the finish line.

“I have to go to the victory stand, but I should go to the doctor’s (office),” Quinn said. “I am in pain, but it feels great to win four gold medals. I wanted to set a state record in the long jump, but I didn’t. I’m still happy because this is the first year I’ve competed in the long jump.”

Loy, who is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy, is no stranger to state championships. He played on the football team that won state titles his junior and senior seasons. He has competed in track and field for only three years.

“It’s great to be a state champion, but I’m not through. I’m not done,” Loy said. “I had a lot of help from a lot of people along the way, including Quinton Turner of Wando. I fell in love with track and field from the start, and when you love something, it brings out the best in you. I am just glad to bring recognition to my state and to my school.”

The Bishop England girls used depth to win the team title. They had athletes in nine of the 17 events.

Michelle Lussier led the way with a victory in the 400-meter hurdles while finishing second in the 800 meters.

She also was a member of the Bishops’ winning 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

The other members of the 4x400 relay team include Hollis Weatherford, McKenna Weatherford and Katie Phillips.

Members of the 4x800 relay team include Lussier, Michele Boykin, Jo Jo Tompkins and Phillips.

The Woodland boys won two of the last three events of the meet to claim the boys crown. The Wolverines’ Michael Wamer won the triple jump and Juadon Chandler was first in the high jump. The 4x400-meter relay team placed second in the final race. Christopher Gaddist won both hurdle events.

J.L. Mann won the girls Class AAAA state title with 105 points. Wando was second with 65 and Northwestern third with 43. Team Quinn finished fourth with 40.

Spring Valley won the Class AAAA boys title with 78 points. Lexington was second with 50 and Wando third with 49.

Daniel won the Class AAA girls championship with 79. James Island was second with 65½ and Seneca third with 59.

Daniel also won the boys championship with 64. Hilton Head was second with 45½ and Wilson was third with 43.

Carvers Bay won the boys Class A state title. Southside Christian won the girls title.

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