Dutch Fork tracksters posting impressive numbers this spring
By David Shelton
Irmo – The AAAA state track and field championships are held in mid-May, leaving athletes from around the state about five weeks to fine tune their performances in hopes of winning a gold medal on the state’s highest stage.
Athletes from Dutch Fork High School are among those that are seeking to peak at the right time and the track and field program has a host of quality performers who should be in the mix come state time.
On the boys’ team, the Silver Foxes are blessed with solid depth in the sprints, led by freshman sensation Austin Connor. Connor has run 11 seconds in the 100 meter dash early on while also posting a solid time of 22.53 in the 200 meter dash. Jo’mal Aiken is right behind with an 11.02 in the 100 and a 22.86 in the 200, while junior Matt Colburn has run 11.12 in the 100 and 23.03 in the 200.
In the 400 meter run, Blake Ellis has the team’s top time so far this spring at 52.94 seconds. Cole Douglas and Chris Pittman also perform well in the event.
Moving to the distance and middle distance, Mark Bradley, Chris Davis and Jackson McGregor compete in the 800 meter run. The top distance runner is Avery Dominick, who runs the 1600 and 3200. McGregor also competes in the 1600 meter run while Kenneth Vowles runs the 3200 meter.
Derrian Moreau and Martayaz White have been Dutch Fork’s top hurdlers so far this spring. Moreau is tops in the 110 hurdles while White is the top 400 meter hurdler.
Braylin Williams is among the top jumpers on the team, excelling in the long and triple jumps. David Tillman is the top high jumper while Geremy Meyer and Abraham Oh are working the pole vault.
Rory Gallman and Tyler Fiedler are competing in the throwing events.
On the girls team, the sprints are led by Dakota Alston, Rebekah Smith, Maya Pringle and Lexy Sanders in the 100, and Ashlynn Solomon in the 200. Rashida Williamson and Carrigan Mattison are the top performers so far in the 400.
Megan Brown has been the top 110 hurdler while Michaela Cattell is the top performer in the 400 hurdles.
Anna Johnson anchors the distance runners in the 1600 and 3200 while Mia Perry and Hope Steger are the top runners in the 800 meter run this spring.
Jaylen Ford-Benjamin and Michaela Bennett are the team’s top throwers. Rebekkah Smith and Lexy Sanders work in the high jump and Sanders is the team’s top long jumper. Megan Brown has been the top triple jumper in the first month of the season.