Armed with a Region 3-3A championship, Paige Drisgula has high hopes for her Clinton High School girls’ track and field squad in the Upper State and State meets.
The Lady Red Devils ousted Woodruff from the region crown last week, amassing 154 points to the Lady Wolverines’ 145.”
“Our girls have been working so hard since January for this region title,” Drisgula said. “[Boys’ coach Dontavius] Glenn made up the slogan ‘you can’t run in May unless we work today.’ This motto really stuck, and they have been giving 110 percent at every practice.
“This is the first year where we have had a solid group of girls from sprinting to distance runners to field events.”
Clinton qualified 14 individuals and relays for the Upper State meet, which will be held on Saturday and, like the region meet, hosted by Broome High School in Spartanburg. The boys team finished fourth in the region and qualified for seven events.
A year ago, Clinton’s girls qualified for six events in the State meet, and Drisgula said she hopes to exceed that total this year.
Upper State qualifiers are: 4x100 relay team, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay, Paige Trent (3,200 and 1,600 meters), Keria Dendy (shot put, discus), Maya Smith (100, 200), Aaliyah Johnson (100, 200), Quiana Suber (100, 200, 400), Deasia Boyd (800), Dorothy Trent (3,200), Mia Smith (100 hurdles, 400), Devionna Walker (100 hurdles) and Charity Johnston (long jump).
Kent (3,200) and Dendy (shot put) have established school records.
Drisgula said, “Our girls’ 4x100 team is running one of the best times in the state, and we look to take that performance all the way to state. I’m so proud of this girls’ team, and we’re so excited to see how everything unfolds on Saturday. God willing, we will be taking enough girls to state to make a run at the title.”
Qualifying for the boys were the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, Eric Newton (1,600, 3,200), P.J. Bluford (long jump), Jishon Payne (discus) and Greg Sanders (shot put).