Girls Track & Field Wins Second Consecutive State Championship
The Heathwood Hall girls track team won the SCISA AAA State Championship in Charleston on Saturday thanks to outstanding performances by four seniors. Team captains Nadia Deas and Maryah Nasir led the charge that helped the team finish ahead of second place Porter Gaud by 33.5 points.
The Lady Highlanders won 9 events and finished 2nd in another three events, giving the team first or second place finishes in 12 of 17 events. Deas won the long jump, sailing 17 feet and one half inch. She went on to win the triple jump and the 100 meter dash, and capped off her high school career with a second place finish in the 200 meter dash. Her 38 points earned her the High Point Award. Nasir completed the difficult “distance triple” by winning the 2 mile, mile, and 800 for the third consecutive year. She has gone undefeated in SCISA state competition since her freshman year. She also has won the South Carolina Coaches Classic 800 and 1600 in back-to-back years. Nasir’s 800 meter time of 2:19 on Saturday met the Milesplit.com National Elite Standard. She also anchored the first place 4 x 400 meter relay with a blistering 58-second split. Nasir finished second to teammate Deas in the High Point Award completion with a total of 32.5 points.
Senior Shaniya Parker won the shot put with a throw of 35’5.75”, establishing another school record. Idalia Hanna, also a senior, won the discus throw and provided a big boost to the Heathwood team score. In addition to their first place performances, Parker and Hanna finished 3rd in the discus and 4th in the shot put, respectively. The Lady Highlanders’ ninth victory of the day came during the last event of the competition - the 4 x 400 meter relay. Brooklyn Moore, Janie Hicks, Hannah Coetsee, and Maryah Nasir out-dueled a strong Porter Gaud relay and finished with a new school record time of 4:17!
The team also benefited from outstanding performances from Janie Hicks (2nd place in the high jump), Brooklyn Moore (2nd place in the 400 meter run), Clara Wilson (3rd place tie in the high jump), Hanna Coetsee (6th in the 400 hurdles), Lexi Singletary (6th place in the pole vault), the 4 x 800 meter relay (Catherine Barron, Cameron Truesdale, Mela Gisewhite, Hanna Coetsee), which finished in 4th place, and the 4 x 100 meter relay (Caroline Walkup, Brooklyn Moore, Jazzy Frierson, Taylor Smith), which finished in 6th place. The victory gives Heathwood Hall back-to-back state championships after the team won last year by edging out Ashley Hall. The Heathwood Hall Lady Highlanders now have 4 championship trophies and 4 runner-up trophies over the past 11 years.