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The Clover High School boys and girls track teams host Northwestern Tuesday. The action is to begin at 5 p.m. at the CHS track and field site behind the school.
With the Region 3-AAAA meet against the formidable Trojans looming, first-year head track coach Jeremy Smith looks for the CHS track and field participants to fine-tune their competitive event.
“We want to be competitive at this stage of the season, but will scale things back somewhat,” he said. Smith said he wants both track teams to peak later in the season when the region track meet is held.
“That’s the approach we’re taking,” Smith said. “We have a good group of kids working hard and showing commitment. We need to get the numbers up.”
The CHS boys track team narrowly missed a second-place finish in the three-way meet with Union and host York. The Blue Eagles finished with a cumulative 45 score, five tenths of a percentage point behind second place Union.
The CHS girls also placed third in the event.
A couple of first-year CHS track participants have made their presence felt in a huge way. Spencer Cook, a freshman who heaves the shot put, had a first-place finish against Nation Ford earlier in the season.
“It felt great,” Cook said. “Winning an event motivates me to work harder.”
Cook said she played softball before the current season. “I wanted a different challenge and decided to compete in track,” Cook said.
Another first-year track participant, Keyshaw Pressley, has impacted the boys track team with success in multiple events. Pressley’s contributions include a first-place finish in the 200 meters and second place in the 100 meters.
The junior standout also place second in the high jump in competition in a previous meet. “I didn’t know I could do that well in track,” Pressley said. “I’ve accepted the challenge and the success I’ve had is making me better.”
Like Cook with the CHS girls team, Pressley is striving for more success leading up to the Region 3-AAAA Meet in York.