CENTRAL, S.C. - The lady lions had a very long and successful season. Some have been competing since the Fall, while others since December. This past weekend, 8 ladies were competing in Central, South Carolina at their first Conference Carolina Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The highlighted woman was junior Alisha Wright. Since the beginning, Wright has proven that the 100 meter hurdles were her event and she will not stop until she is number one. In the preliminary round she won her heat with an impressive 14.42 to make it to finals. Despite not making it to the finals, senior Ashely George and freshman Clara Heiss, ran their hearts out to finish 9th and 12th overall.
Alisha Wright came back on day two and became the 2019 Conference Carolina Track and Field Outdoor Champion in the 100 meter hurdles with a new personal record, school record, and Conference Carolina record time of 14.31. This became Alisha's third career win in the 100 meter hurdles since coming to Emmanuel. Transitioning from the hurdles to sprints, Casandra Teasley came ready to rack up the most points on the women's side. On day one, Teasley finished fifth in the preliminary round of the 100 meter dash with a new personal and school record time of 12.20. She came back with another PR and school record in the 200 meter dash with a second place time of 24.64 in the preliminary round.
Despite not making the podium, Teasley finished seventh in the 100 meter dash with a 12.37 and fourth in the 200 meter dash with a 24.79. The women's 4x100 meter relay finished fifth overall thanks to Deja Barthell, Thalia Sutherland, Clara Heiss, and Casandra Teasley. Despite Barthell not advancing to the finals in the 100 and jumping events, she helped contribute to the relay's sixth season best and school record with a time of 47.54. She also contributed to the program's season best in the 4x400 meter relay running as third leg alongside Teasley, Wright, and Sutherland who clocked a seventh place time of 4:11.31.
Despite not scoring in the finals in the 1500 meter run, Alexa Quarles finished fourth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 19:48.92. On the field side, freshman Clara Heiss secured third in the pole vault. Despite battling an ankle injury, she managed to tie third with Lees-McRae's Madison Cantrell. The lady lions finished eighth in the conference with 33.50.
"This group of women have had an exceptional season" said Head Coach Chyna Davis. "Almost every weekend they have lowered their times and mark and have gone out there with a winning mindset. They always seem to rise to the occasion no matter who they are up against. I am extremely proud of this group of girls and can't wait to see them excel even more next season."
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