Panther Track Owns Greenville Invitational
Written by Jonathan Barker. Media by Wes O’Dell.
Both Greenville Track teams were pleased with their performance at the Greenville Invitational Meet on Saturday, April 26th. Competing with nine other teams, the Men dominated and finished in first place while the women placed second.
Coach Brian Patton was delighted by his teams’ efforts. “Both teams competed very well as a whole team. They have been working hard for a long time and our athletes are being rewarded for the work they have put in.”
Jarrid Williams won first in both the long jump and the 100×4 relay alongside Terran Daniels, Bruce Gray and Jonah Peoples. Senior, Ben Barber placed first in the 3000m steeplechase and Brian Waugh impressed spectators once again, placing first out of 20 in the hammer throw and third out of 19 in the discus throw.
Freshman, Andrew Sharp placed first in both the 800m and 1500m run, beating out several upperclassmen. In his own words, “It was hard in the beginning to find a groove with college running but I found my rhythm and being only a freshman only means good things to come in the future. The key to my success has been my track family.”
Michaela Harris finished third in the long jump and first in the triple jump. “This is the first season I have done triple jump. So, going out and winning SLIAC felt awesome,” she explained. “I would have never tried the triple jump if it weren’t for Coach Easley. I have struggled all season trying to figure out how to triple jump and I have had moments where I didn’t want to do it anymore. But I was so lucky to have a coach that pushed me and encouraged me.”
Chelsea Gilles finished first in both the 200m and 400m Dash. She also placed first as the anchor in the 4x100m relay along with Alex Gregory, Josie Muniania and Iyeesha Deberry. However, her winning streak ended in the 4x400m relay as her crew finished fourth. She explained, “The rain, wind, and pressure of scoring points for conference definitely didn’t make running any easier, so I was glad to win the events that I did!”
Several track team members traveled to Rome, Georgia to compete for the NCCAA Outdoor Competition Thursday through Saturday May 2nd. Coach Brian Patton concluded, “Our team is prepared physically, but we need to be prepared mentally and think positively.”