Porter-Gaud Boys and Girls Win SCISA Track Titles as Lowcountry Athletes Shine | Sports

For the first time since 2016, Porter-Gaud boys’ and girls’ track teams won SCISA Class AAA state titles in the same year.

Both programs have won state titles before this season, but only once before have they won the championship in the same season.

Both team performances highlighted a banner day for Lowcountry athletes in the state meets for Class AAA and Class AA/A. In addition to Porter-Gaud’s AAA sweep, the Palmetto Christian Academy boys’ and girls’ teams finished second in the state in the Class AA/A competition.

Porter-Gaud’s women’s team was something of a surprise winner, as most pre-match virtual fixtures had Heathwood Hall as the AAA favorite. Porter-Gaud finished with 126.50 points, edging out Heathwood Hall’s 113 points.

“We had the best performance of the season of almost any athlete today, which is pretty rare in a state meet,” said Porter-Gaud girls’ coach Hugh Knight. “All the hard work all spring paid off today. We were without our fastest girl today due to emergency surgery, but everyone pulled together for us. That’s how you win a state championship.

Spearheading the effort for the women’s team was rookie Brett Jones, who won gold in the javelin and discus while placing fourth in the shot put. Senior Emmy Keogh added points in the throws, winning the shot put and finishing third in the discus throw.

Kelly Regan won the pole vault and placed second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters. Georgia Arnold finished second in the javelin.

Porter-Gaud’s men’s team won a fiercely competitive competition with 118 points, with Hammond School taking second place with 95 points.

The star of the day, and of the entire encounter, was Porter-Gaud’s second student, Trevor Wilder. Wilder won four gold medals, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprints, as well as the long jump. He set state records in the 100s and 200s.

“I wanted to do my best today, and I knew I had to if we were going to win the Tag Team Championship,” Wilder said. “For me, winning as a team was more important today. We failed last year, so I wanted to win for those guys from last year’s team.

Knight was nearly speechless at Wilder’s efforts.

“It’s really amazing what he did today,” said the coach. “It was an incredible individual effort. What he did is rare. In AAA you don’t see a lot of guys winning four events.

Kelly Carswell added a second in the 400 and was third in the 800. Aidan Gregoire was second in the 3,200 meters, while Ryan Regan was third in the 1,600 meters and fourth in the 800. Zihaire Jackson won the shot put and the discus throw. , and Hampton Geils finished third in the 200.

Palmetto Christian’s efforts were led by Hans Payne and Charlee Olson. Payne, a sophomore, won the 800, 1600 and 3200 golds and was the top scorer in the AA/A men’s competition. Olson, the girls’ top scorer, won the 100 meters hurdles, long jump and triple jump while finishing second in the high jump.

Charleston Collegiate’s star pole vaulter, Tesssa Mudd, capped her career with another gold medal. Mudd is the only woman in state history to jump over 14 feet.

Seventh-grade student Canvas Good of Faith Christian School won the AA/A 100 meters and was third in the 200. First Baptist’s Alexia Grant won the Class AAA high jump and Palmetto Christian’s Sam Smith won the AA/A boys pole vault.

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