Track athletes compete in North Carolina
A Lowcountry team opened its indoor track season the final week of December.
Peak Performance Track Club traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete in the NCRunners Elite Holiday Invitational. The team took nine athletes from four different Lowcountry high schools on the trip. Representing Peak Performance were Devon Duncanv (Ashley Ridge), Woodrow Jones (Ashley Ridge), Emanuel Collier (Berkeley), Davon Anderson (Summerville), Shatasha Anderson (West Ashley), Marissa Pinckney (Berkeley), Shelia Austin (Ashley Ridge), Tiana NKanata (Ashley Ridge) and Sydnee Carroll (Ashley Ridge).
“Since we don't compete in indoor track and field at the high school level here in South Carolina and this was our first meet of the season we didn’t really know what to expect,” coach Twon Williams said. “But our kids went with an open mind and did a great job handling the new experience. I'm really happy with how they performed and I think their results show everything we have been doing in practice since October has been worthwhile. We didn't have any individual winners, but we did have some solid early season performances.”
Several of the events featured large and competitive fields. More than 75 athletes competed in the boys’ 300-meter dash and many other events featured fields of 40 or more athletes.
The girls 4 x 400 relay team of Pinckney, NKanata, Austin and Caroll had the most impressive finish for Peak Performance. With a solid time of 4:22, the relay team placed third. Pinckney and NKanata both split 1:03 on the first and second legs of the relay to give the team a lead of approximately 70 meters for its heat. Austin split a 1:07 on the third leg and Carroll anchored with a 1:09 split.
“We were all alone for the last two legs and I’m sure had we had someone closer to us we could have run a sub 4:10,” Williams said. “The entire purpose for competing in the meet was to see where my athletes are at this point. I got to see where we are physically and mentally which gives me some incite on what we need to do in practice the next two weeks to prepare for our next meet. I’m looking for big things from this team in January.”
Peak Performance next competes in Johnson City, Tenn. on Jan. 18-19.
Peak Performance Results at the NCRunners Elite Holiday Invitational
Girls’ 55-meter dash:
Shelia Austin (placed 37th with a 7.98 time)
Girls 300 (65 participants):
Marissa Pinckney (9th, 42.25)
Tiana NKanata (28th, 44.13)
Sydnee Caroll (41st, 45.89)
Shelia Austin (45th, 46.08)
Boys 300 (76 participants)
Emanuel Collier (23rd, 38.47)
Woodrow Jones (32nd, 38.95)
Devon Duncan (35th, 39.06)
Girls 500 (41 participants)
Tiana NKanata (16th, 1:25.59)
Marissa Pinckney (21st, 1:26.42)
Sydnee Caroll (30th, 1:29.34)
Shatasha Anderson (41st, 1:37.92)
Boys 500 (63 participants)
Emanuel Collier (11th, 1:10.65)
Davon Anderson (14th, 1:11)
Devon Duncan (35th 1:13.76)
Woodrow Jones (39th, 1:14.32)