12 Swain track & field athletes qualify for state
The Swain County High School track team traveled to Lenoir Rhyne University on Monday to participate in the 1A Western Regional Track and Field Championships. Only the top 16 athletes from the Western Region in each event were invited to participate. Of the forty-one total athletes Swain County High School had qualify for the Regional Competition, twelve will be advancing to the NCHSAA 1A State Championships to be held this Saturday at NCA&T University in Greensboro.
The Maroon Devils got off to a quick start to the day with three state qualifiers in the short hurdles. Jessie Lohman got things rolling by qualifying for the state meet with a Regional Runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles. She would go on to garner another Regional Runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles as well as qualifying for the state meet in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. She is the only Swain runner to qualify for the state meet in four separate events.
Trey Bowman immediately followed Jessie’s performance with a Regional Championship in the 110 Hurdles. Trey easily outdistanced his competition, winning his event by well over a second. Jesus Sauza also qualified in the 110 hurdles with a fourth place finish. This will be the first trip to the State Championships for both athletes.
Swain County’s second Regional Championship of the day would also come in a hurdle event, with Monica Riordan bringing home the gold in the 300 hurdles. She will be a favorite at the state championships next week as her time of 48.24 was the fastest 1A Regional time in the state by almost two full seconds. Monica also qualified for the state meet in the 4x200 and 4x400 Relays.
The Maroon Devil’s final Regional Championship of the evening would be delivered by Ryan Jenkins in the 3200m Run. Ryan took control at the 150 meter mark of the race and would not look back. Ryan equaled his personal best mark of 9:55 and is currently ranked 2nd in the state heading into the State Championships on Saturday.
A full list of state qualifiers is below:
Regional champions and runners-up
Ryan Jenkins - Regional Champion 3200 Run
Monica Riordan - Regional Champion 300 Hurdles
Trey Bowman - Regional Champion 110 Hurdles
Natalie Stuckey - Regional Runner-up Shot Put
Jenna Marr - Regional Runner-up Pole Vault
Jacob Waldroup - Regional Runner-up Pole Vault
Jessie Lohman - Regional Runner-up 100 Hurdles and 300 Hurdles
Other state qualifiers
Jesus Sauza - 110 Hurdles
Jesse Waldroup - Pole Vault
Emma Dingle - 4x400 Relay
Alyssa Schofield - 4x200 Relay
Kyndall Cochran - 4x400 Relay, 4x200 Relay
Monica Riordan - 4x200 Relay, 4x400 Relay
Jessie Lohman - 4x200 Relay, 4x400 Relay
Jenna Marr - 4x400 Relay