When it comes to track and field there are no sure bets, but if you’re going to gamble on the sport Summerville senior Imagine Patterson is about as safe of a bet as there is.
Patterson is a four-time state champion heading into this spring’s Class AAAAA track and field championships so pending an injury or interference during a race she is likely to add to that total, which is one of the reasons she is Summerville Communications’ Female Athlete of the Year.
Patterson won two events during the 2017 state meet and helped two Green Wave relay teams to second place finishes. She won the 100-meter Hurdles race with a 14.70 finish and the 400 Hurdles event with a 1:00.75 time. She also ran a leg for the Summerville 4x100 Relay and 4x400 Relay teams, which both placed second.
In 2016, Patterson set a state record en route to claiming the state championship for the 400 Hurdles, which she also claimed as a freshman.
She has notched multiple wins this season. At the Dorchester County Championships she won the 100 hurdles with a 15.18 time and the 400 Hurdles with a 1:03.24 time.
At the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic in Irmo she won the Girls 100 Hurdles with a 14.87 time and the 400 Hurdles with a 1:02.90 time.
At the Cane Bay Invitational she won the 100 Hurdles with a 15.09 time and the 400 Hurdles with a 1:05.07 time.
Patterson was named the 2018 Raising Cane’s Azalea Invitational Girls Track MVP after winning the 100-meter Hurdles with a 15.54 time, placing second in the 800 and running a leg for the 4x800 Relay first-place team.
Patterson has also experienced success on the national stage.
In July, she claimed her second consecutive national 400-meter Hurdles championship. Patterson placed first in the Womens 17-18 Division 400 Hurdles finals of the 51st USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Kansas to successfully defend the Junior Olympic title she claimed last summer. Her 59.98 time in this summer’s finals was just shy of the 57.67 national record time for the event set in 2008.
The Top 8 in the semifinals for each event receive All-American honors and advance to the finals so this is also Patterson’s third consecutive year receiving All-American honors for the 400 Hurdles.
In November, Patterson signed a national letter of intent with the Virginia Tech Track and Field team.
“I’m so excited to be able to take the athletic success I’ve had in high school and take it on to college and see where I can go,” Patterson said at the signing celebration. “I’m also excited about pursuing a career. I’m so excited and can’t wait to go.”