Laurens District High School (LDHS) Track and Field teams are up and running as they approach their first meet of the season Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Hillcrest High School. Last year’s team top performers were first or second-year athletes in the sport. The Raiders return this season with age and experience on their side. They now have a core group returning, and knowhow training goes while in season. “The experience provides a level of comfort that should allow the athletes to run relaxed in bigger meets,” said head track and field coach, Jawon Stephens.
Coach Stephens identified the following student-athletes as key contributors and leaders to this year’s team. Mark McGowan, a triple jumper, TJ Garlington, and Breden Smith throwers were all 5A Qualifiers last year. Coach Stephens expects them to compete in the State Meet this season. Jayden McGowan and Tye Roberson appear to be pushing each other in the sprint race, while Rodarius Yeargin has crafted his skills in the offseason to better return to the hurdles.
The females will be led by Andrea Choice, who is expected to compete at a very high level in the female hurdles. Choice has already received interest from colleges. Luis Brenna and Michael Rosales will be leading the distance group. An athlete to keep your eye on this season is Jamya Chappell, who is predicted to be the breakout athlete of the year after spending a few years learning the ins and outs of sprinting.
The track and field team will accomplish their team goal of sending more than one athlete to the 5A Championship if they do the following Coach Stephens said, “They need to put in Hard-work, Focus, and Retainment. This is what we ask each day. Work harder than you did the day before. Focus on the task at hand. Retain from day-to-day the aspects of running, throwing, and jumping that are provided to make you a better athlete.”
Stephens said, “We are looking forward to a competitive season. We want to see improvement in each area of competition. We have hungry and eager young athletes that are ready to show what they can do. As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to what the season has in store.”