Cane Bay track standout Semaj Tolliver hopes to have a few individual gold medals around her neck at the conclusion of Saturday's state track and field championships. She would also like to bring the team championship home.
Tolliver was the star of the show at last week's Lower State meet. She ran an impressive, but wind-aided, 11.99 seconds to win the 100-meter dash. She also won the 200 dash with a clocking of 25.73. And she qualified in the 400 dash and the 4x100 relay.
"I am confident," said Tolliver, who is already hearing from Georgia, Nebraska, Iowa and Liberty University even though she's only a sophomore. "I am confident, but I've worked hard. My goal is to win the 100 and 200."
Tolliver and her teammates will try to end Bishop England's nine-year reign as Class AA state champion.
The Cobras scored 101.33 points to win the Lower State championship last weekend. Dillon was second with 69 points and Bishop England placed third with 66.33 points.
The Cobras have 15 athletes qualified in nine events.
"We have 15 chances to score points," Cane Bay coach Greg Hall said. "Our goal is to win the state championship. We should be in the top three, but I shouldn't talk about that. Our goal is to win the state championship."
The Cobras qualified for all three relay events behind Ciera Love, Jessica West, Deja Hersey, Stephanie Geddis, Ashlee Eady and Angelique Green.
Tolliver has been working on blasting out of the starting blocks at Lower Richland High School, the site of this year's state meet.
"I just need to get out of the blocks," she said. "I have to be ready and react to the gun. At the state, you have the favorites, but there's always someone who can come out of nowhere and beat you."