Martial artists claim state championships

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Provided Martial artists representing Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do earned more than 50 medals during the state championships in Columbia. From left are (bottom) A.J. Mack, Jill Wells, Christopher Cheatham, Lucas Donehoo, Aidan Donehoo, (second row) Chase Livingston, Bailey Walker, Khunar Tamayo, Calvin Golden, Charlie Golden, Olivia Gross, Thomas Goddard, (third row) Caleb Simmons, Joshua Lease, Ty Hedges, Evan Stover, Anna Harp, (top) Clifford Manson, Marlon Duke, Nik Poland, Eric Harp and Morgan Poland.

Martial artists from the Summerville area brought home more than 50 medals from the South Carolina Tae Kwon Do Championships held in Columbia.

Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do sent 22 Students to the 45th annual state championships and they won 53 medals including 21 gold medals for first place.

The competition was a USA National qualifier for the 2014 USA Tae Kwon Do National Championships to be held this July in San Jose, Calif.

Nik Poland, a member on the 2014 U.S. National Tae Kwon Do team, extended his streak of medaling at the championships, winning four state titles.

The 16-year-old Summerville High School student placed first during USA National Qualifying in both the 14-17 Black Belt division and the 18-32 year old Black Belt division.

He added two more Gold medals in the afternoon Open Sparring (consolidated weights) competition in both Junior and Senior divisions.

Nik also earned a Bronze medal in form.

Nik will head out with TEAM USA in early April to compete at the Columbia Open in South America.

Morgan Poland also placed first in her division during both the National Qualifying sparring and Open Sparring competitions.

Lucas Donehoo, Thomas Goddard, Olivia Gross, Ty Hedges, Chase Livingston, Caleb Simmons, Evan Stover, Bailey Walker and Jill Wells all medaled in three events, Boards, Forms and Sparring.

Students representing Ray Smith’s Tae Kwon Do have earned 708 South Carolina State Championships since the dojo opened in Summerville 34 years ago.

State Championships Results

Name Boards Forms Sparring

Christopher Cheatham n/a 3rd 2nd

Aidan Donehoo n/a 3rd 1st

Lucas Donehoo 2nd 1st 1st

Marlon Duke n/a 2nd 3rd

Calvin Golden n/a 1st n/a

Thomas Goddard 2nd 1st 2nd

Olivia Gross 2nd 1st 1st

Anna Harp n/a 3rd n/a

Eric Harp n/a 3rd 1st

Ty Hedges 2nd 1st 1st

Joshua Lease n/a 2nd 1st

Chase Livingston 3rd 2nd 3rd

AJ Mack n/a 1st 2nd

Clifford Manson n/a 3rd n/a

Morgan Poland n/a n/a 1st

Nik Poland (junior division) n/a 3rd 1st

Nik Poland (senior division) n/a n/a 1st

Caleb Simmons 2nd 3rd 2nd

Evan Stover 1st 2nd 2nd

Khunar Tamayo 1st n/a 2nd

Bailey Walker 3rd 3rd 3rd

Jill Wells 1st 2nd 2nd

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