Clinton High School girls’ track coach Paige Drisgula is going out on top, or at least close to it.
The two-time Region 3-3A Coach of the Year is taking a job at Walhalla next year, but the Red Devils qualified for seven events in Saturday’s Class 3A state meet at Columbia’s Spring Valley High School, joining two other CHS squads in state finals.
Clovis Simmons’ boys’ tennis team plays for the state championship against North Charleston’s Bishop England in nearby Cayce on Saturday at noon, and the golf team will play in the state tournament on Monday and Tuesday in Camden. Tennis has won the Upper State title three years in a row, but golf is making its first appearance in the state tournament as a team.
At the Upper State track and field meet in Seneca, Clinton athletes qualified for the finals in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters, as well as the 400-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay and the shot put.
Clinton won the 4x100 relay at the state meet a year ago.)
Drisgula’s charges have produced their best season in her sixth and final season as head coach.
In the Upper State meet, Clinton won the 4x100 at 49.22 seconds, and Keira Dendy captured the shot put in 36 feet, 5 inches.
Maya Smith advanced with a third-place Upper State showing the 100 (12.59) and a fourth in 200 (26.03). Deasia Boyd advanced by virtue of a second (2:29.14) in the 800. Quiana Suber, whose father Quincy ran track at Clemson, was fourth in the 400 (1:00.77). Mia Smith advanced in the 400 hurdles (1:11.18) with a fourth.
The boys’ team qualified in 12 Upper State events but did not qualify for the state meet in any of them.