Swain Devils track & field teams off to great start
The Swain County High School girls and boys track teams are both off to a strong start this season. Six meets in, both teams have individuals who have put themselves in position to be strong contenders for the awards stand at the Conference and State Championships in May.
Monica Riordan and Jessie Lohman have both logged individual victories in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles early this season. Monica is currently ranked 1st in the state in both events while Jessie is ranked second in the 100 hurdles and 3rd in the 300 hurdles.
Jenna Marr has led the Swain County Lady Devil vaulters with a vault of 8’6”, which is the second best vault in the state for 1A girls so far this year. Natalie Stuckey has led the throwers with a season best of 91’1” in discus and 32’5” in shot put. Both throws are in the top eight in the state.
On the boys team, Nick Millsaps set a school record of 140’11” in discus, breaking the previous record set by Rocky Stillwell in 1993. It is also the 2nd best throw by a boy in 1A thus far this season. Nick has won the discus event in five of the six meets he has thrown in this year. Our boy vaulters have also been very strong thus far, led by Jessie Waldroup and his personal best vault of 12’6”. Jessie is currently ranked third in the state in pole vault. Ryan Jenkins has paced the Devils on the track, running a personal best two mile time of 9 minutes and 57 seconds at the Cherokee meet on March 20. Ryan is currently ranked 3rd in the state in the two mile, but has his eyes set on gold at the end of the season.
Both boys and girls teams hosted their second home meet of the season at Cherokee High School’s track this Wednesday after press time.