Clover runners make state qualifier

genegraham@comporium.netMay 3, 2013 

— Several members of the Clover High School boys’ and girls’ track teams advanced to Saturday’s state qualifying meet after last week’s Region 3-AAAA Meet at York Comprehensive High School.

“Only the top five in each event move on for a chance at the state meet,” said CHS track coach Jeremy Smith. “Our 4x800 relay team had a third-place finish.”

Members of the Clover relay team are Austin Highfill, James Haynes, Jason Witry and Alex Wilson. Witry also placed fourth in the 800 meters to earn a shot at states.

Clover’s Key’Shawn Pressley’s presence in the region meet was felt in a huge way, with third-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

“We are proud of those advancing to the state qualifying meet,” Smith said.

Trey Stevens, a junior who said his goal is to advance to the state qualifying meet next season, has been competitive in the shot put and discus.

“Success in the shot put and discus has a lot to do with strength and developing technique over the years,” Stevens said. “You develop a feel for heaving the discus.”

Stevens, a fifth-year track participant at Clover High, has experienced success in his events. “I’ve had first-place finishes in the shot put and as high as third in the discus,” he said.

Stevens also plays football and wrestles at Clover.

“I was influenced by my dad, who played football and also competed in the discus in high school,” he said.

“I enjoy competing in three sports at Clover High. I like to compete.”

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