Orangeburg Prep track teams prepare for region meet
By David Shelton
Orangeburg – After competing in three strong SCISA meets to open the season, the focus for the Orangeburg Prep track and field program turns to April 8th.
On that date, the Indians will compete for the SCISA region 2-AAA championship and try to qualify as many athletes as possible for the SCISA state championship meet later in April.
The teams have been working hard this spring and have competed in meets hosted by Hammond and Porter-Gaud, as well as hosting their own meet during the month of March. Now is the time to peak for the athletes hoping to win a gold medal in the region meet.
One of the top contenders for a region title, as well as a state gold medal, is senior sprinter Derek Andrews. Andrews competes in the 100 meter dash as well as the long jump and high jump. He is the school’s top performer in all three events this spring and is the school’s record holder in the 100 meter dash, running 11.24 at last year’s state meet. His best time in the 100 to date has been 11.4 but Andrews will set his sights on breaking his own record during the next month.
Chris Spraggins-Johnson is another of Orangeburg Prep’s athletes with a solid chance of winning multiple region championships. He currently is the team’s top triple jumper and top 200 meter sprinter. He also competes in the long jump.
Bill Metts is the teams’ top 110 hurdler and has been the second best performer in the 400 meter hurdles and the triple jump. Parker Kuck is the top 400 hurdler while Camryn Johnson has been solid in the 200 meter dash and the triple jump.
Michael Burnham, Michael Guah and Matthew Guah have been the best runners in the 400 meter event. Landon Hiers is tops in the 3200 meter run while Ian Scott and Logan Holmes are performing well in the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run.
Orangeburg Prep has a solid one-two tandem in the shot put and discus events. Trey Fanning is tops in the discus and second in the shot while Ben Ridgeway has been the top shot putter and is second in the discus.
Chap Stewart is solid in the high jump and long jump while Timmy Schriver heads up the pole vault.
Senior Jasmine Murphy, like Andrews, is setting her sights on school records and gold medals for the girls’ team. Murphy holds the school record in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and has been strong in both events again this spring.
Others competing well in the sprints include Alyson Hay, Kiara Steinlein, McKenzie Morrell and Claudia Felder. Working in the 400 are Chloe Bair and Catherine Earley.
Top athletes in the jumps include Victoria Williams, Hay and Corey Murdaugh.
Another strong state title contender is Grayson Goodwin, one of the state’s top performers in the discus and shot put. Ariel Lofton and Irene Chiang also work in the throws.