CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – By: Cam Stansberry
For the second season in a row, the Withrow girls’ track team was crowned state champion. With that title, Withrow Track and Field is not only the premier program in the Cincinnati area, but is now officially on the map in the eyes of high school track coaches across the country.
Withrow’s eldest Mercedes Smith paved the way for her team in a season that ended in a state championship crown.
Asked about the excitement of finishing her final year at the top, Smith said, “The experience with these girls, just having fun with these girls has been great. I will miss them. It’s bittersweet. . “
Sophomore Jalyiea Smith, who was crowned the 300-meter hurdles state champion this season, was more motivated than ever since last year to reach her goal of being a state finalist.
“Last year I failed to get on the podium and it was my goal to at least get on the podium this year and I ended up taking 1st place,” said Smith.
Sporting director Rayshawn Walton couldn’t be prouder of the girl’s accomplishments.
“It means a lot to Withrow, Withrow’s family, our alumni,” Walton told FOX19 NOW. “I see these girls coming here every day after school dyeing on the track, doing the job they have to do to get that state championship and that’s what they did. means everything, especially being consecutive state champions. “
Asked about the possibility of a triple round, Junior Niyah Carpenter seems confident that the feat can be achieved by saying, “Yes, I think we can do it.”
Withrow will travel to Greensboro, NC next Thursday to compete in the national championships.
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