Pinewood track team returns to action

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Provided Pinewood’s Steven Kennedy makes a turn during his leg of the 4x400 relay race April 1.

The Pinewood track teams got back in action April 1 at Porter-Gaud.

“The teams have not raced in a while since a few of the competitions were cancelled, so it was time to get back in race mode,” Panther coach Kelly Hazel said. “Several School records fell again, while many PR’s were set.”

The Pinewood Boys placed second and the Pinewood Girls finished third.

Senior Mason Hazel challenged Porter-Gaud’s Brent Demarest in a close battle for first in the 800-meter run but settled for second place with a new Pinewood record of 2:01.8. Hazel also anchored the 4 x800 relay team that placed second with a school-record time of 859. Other members of the relay team are Ray Mennetti, Steven Zhang and Joseph Siegel.

Austin McCray won both the Long Jump (20-01, PR) and Triple Jump. He established the school record of 38-6.5 in the triple jump.

Dexter Coaxum placed third in the 400 with a new school record and state qualifying time of 54.94. He finished fourth in the 100 with a state-qualifying time of 11.74. He also anchored the 4 x 400 relay team (Steven Kennedy, Austin McCary, Cameron Rylance, Coaxum) that finished third with another qualifying time of 3:46.

Jake Birdsong placed second in the 3200, qualifying for state in a time of 11:33 and fourth in 800.

Ray Mennetti placed second in 1,600, just missing state qualifying by a second with a time of 5:17.

Matthew Davis placed fourth in the 1,600. Steven Zhang placed sixth in the event.

For the Pinewood Girls, Katie Smoak reset her Discus school record with a first-place throw of 100-11. She also threw 26-3 in the shot.

Maryah Nasir placed first in the 3,200 and bested all the boys in the field as well. She won with an 11:17 time that is two seconds off her record setting pace.

Isabelle Greenstreet finished second in the 1,600 with a state qualifying time of 6:03.

Emily Shuler placed third in the 800 with a season-best time of 2:45 and she ran the first leg of the 4 x 400 in 68 seconds to help the Lady Panther team to a second place finish. Other members of the relay team are Taylor Strickland, Katie Stagliano and Katrina Powers.

Powers also finished fifth in the 400.

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