Lady Devils track and field dominate regionals

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The Swain County High School Maroon Devils’ track and field team continues its winning ways after the girls won the NCHSAA 1A West Regionals and the boys earned an impressive third place finish against 19 high schools on Saturday, May 14 at Cherokee High School.

The girls’ 140.50 points nearly doubled second place Robbinsville’s 77.50 points.  For the boys, they finished with 71 points compared to first place Hayesville High School’s 132 points.

“An amazing day all around,” said head coach Ian Roper. “We had more regional champions in individual events on Saturday than we had at the conference meet.”

Swain had 13 athletes declared Western Regional champions, and a total of 23 athletes will be traveling to the NCHSAA 1A State track and field championships at North Carolina A&T on Friday, May 20.

For the girls, regional champions include all four relay teams of the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800, which was the first time all season they swept the relay races.

In addition, other Lady Devil regional champions include Grace Cabe in the 300-meter hurdles, Maleeah Langstaff in the 400-meter dash, Emma Pindur in 800-meter dash and Kathryn Brown in discus.

Swain swept in the pole vault competition as Sarah Hyatt won in girls and Cooper Reinert won in boys.

Other athletes who will go to the state meet are Parker Chatham in the 3200-meter run, Brodie Bowman and Tanner Wiggins in the pole vault, Ross Ensley in discus, Caleb Woodard in shot put, and the boys’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

On the girls’ side, Ashley Winchester in pole vault, Shelby Hyatt in 3200-meter run, and Lynsey Hicks in 800-meter run will also compete.

Roper said he has high hopes for both the girls and boys’ teams for top finishes in the team event as well as individual performances. 

Last year, the girls’ track and field team finished third overall in the state with the 4x800 relay team becoming individual state champions.

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