The Warriors began their 2017 track season at the Sandlapper Classic, a pre-season invitational.
Top teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia attended the Sandlapper Classic, a meet known for its efficiency and competitiveness.
Juwan Scott, Tanzania Williams, and Donasia Holloway-Epps all finished well in the 100m trails and raced in the finals. Scott placed 5th overall.
The boys 4×100 relay (Scott, Stanley, Robinson, Triplett) won their heat and finished 7th overall. The boys 4×400 relay (Buford, Hicks, Coardes, Stanley) also finished 7th overall.
Taj Stallworth and Jaquan Harper competed well in both the shot put and discus. Stallworth edged out his teammate for the last spot on the podium in the boys’ discus with a throw of 116ft 9in which was only 6ft 2in further than Harper’s throw.
The girls 4×400 had an impressive showing and finished 6th overall. In the 100m dash, Senior Donasia Holloway-Epps placed 9th overall with a new personal record of 13.33.
In a short interview Coach Casson was asked the importance of a meet like Sandlapper.
“Coach Luden and his staff at West Ashley do an amazing job hosting this meet each year. Usually, the weather is the only issue but this year nature was kind to us. We as a coaching staff don’t put much stock in our performances here simply because this meet isn’t great at predicting the trajectory of our success. At this point in our training cycle, our sprinters haven’t seen much speed endurance and our distance runners are still running at a low volume. We typically have a smaller team roster compared to our competition and have to be careful. At a meet like this, we are looking for our athletes’ ability to manage logistics. We like to see them check in on time, warm up properly, execute races well and show competitiveness. We as a coaching staff feel that our athletes did very well in that regard.”
The Warriors return to West Ashley Wednesday and race in their first regular season invitational the following Saturday for the Raising Canes/Azalea Invitational at Summerville High School.