2018-05-11 / Sports

Heathwood Hall wins second straight state title

Contributed by Willis Ware


The Heathwood Hall Lady Highlanders, 2018 SCISA 3A Track and Field State Champions (l-r): kneeling-Catherine Barron, Mela Gisewhite, Jazzy Frierson, Faith Robertson, Nadia Deas, Shaniya Parker, Morgan Goodwin, Cameron Truesdale, and Grayson Elliott; middle-Coach Willis Ware, Brooklyn Moore, Hanna Coetsee, Taylor Smith, Lexi Singletary, Janie Hicks, and Caroline Walkup; back-Lexie Colwell, Clara Wilson, Maryah Nasir, and Lilly Abernathy. 
Contributed by Willis Ware The Heathwood Hall Lady Highlanders, 2018 SCISA 3A Track and Field State Champions (l-r): kneeling-Catherine Barron, Mela Gisewhite, Jazzy Frierson, Faith Robertson, Nadia Deas, Shaniya Parker, Morgan Goodwin, Cameron Truesdale, and Grayson Elliott; middle-Coach Willis Ware, Brooklyn Moore, Hanna Coetsee, Taylor Smith, Lexi Singletary, Janie Hicks, and Caroline Walkup; back-Lexie Colwell, Clara Wilson, Maryah Nasir, and Lilly Abernathy. Contributed by Willis Ware The Heathwood Hall girls’ track team won the SCISA 3A State Championship in Charleston on Saturday, May 5 led by outstanding performances by four seniors.

Team captains Nadia Deas and Maryah Nasir led the charge, helping the team finish ahead of second place Porter- Gaud by 33.5 points. The Lady Highlanders won nine events and finished second in another three events, giving the team first or second place finishes in 12 of 17 events.

Deas won the long jump on her third attempt and sailed 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 two mile, mile, and 800 for the third consecutive year. She has gone undefeated in SCISA state competitions since her freshman year. She has also won the South Carolina Coaches Classic 800 and 1600 in back–to–back years.

Nasir’s 800 meter time of 2:19 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 on her last attempt and provided a big boost to the Heathwood team score.

In addition to their first place performances, Parker and Hanna finished third in the discus and fourth 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 team and finished with a new school record time of 4:17.

The team also benefitted from outstanding performances from Janie Hicks (second place in the high jump), Brooklyn Moore (second place in the 400 meter run), Clara Wilson (third place in the high jump), Hanna Coetsee (sixth in the 400 hurdles), and Lexi Singletary (sixth place in the pole vault). Catherine Barron, Cameron Truesdale, Mela Gisewhite, and Hanna Coetsee took fourth place in the 4 x 800 meter relay, and Caroline Walkup, Brooklyn Moore, Jazzy Frierson, Taylor Smith finished in sixth place in the 4x100 meter relay.

This is Heathwood Hall’s second straight state championship after the team won last year by edging out Ashley Hall. The Lady Highlanders now have four championship trophies and four runner-up trophies in the last 11 years.

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