Skye Brown crowned AAAA State Champion in discus | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 18, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County High School senior Skye Brown was crowned as the AAAA State Champion in discus during the 2017 SCHSL Track and Field State Championships held Friday May 12 at Spring Valley High School.
With a throw of 131-08 in the preliminary event, Brown managed to improve his throw to 150-08 in the finals, overtaking Lakewood High School’s Zaire Caine (148-05) and Dreher’s Jaquel Prince (148-03).
Two other CCHS athletes also earned top finishes in Friday’s State Championships.
Senior George Crosby (Presbyterian College; football signee) finished State AAAA Runner-Up in shot-put with a 50-04.00 throw, finishing behind Aiken High School’s Na’zae Baltimore (53-02.00).
Hunter Ohmer, a junior, tied for sixth place in the pole vault event with an 11-00.00 jump.
Colleton County High School Boys Track and Field team finished 14th of 32 competing teams with 20.50 points. Hilton Head High School earned the No. 1 spot in boys’ AAAA, finishing with 72 points.
Following Friday’s preliminary discus event, Brown said he felt if he stayed calm and focused, he could reach his goal of earning a state title. “Well, while walking to the track, I told myself if could overcome my emotions and stay calm and focused, I could win,” said Brown. “I was emotional because it was the last track meet in my career. I knew I had good coaches — but would be competing against my track friends. I put all of that to the side and kept focusing on going home with the win. I didn’t talk to anyone I was competing against — I just knew I had to go out there and do it.”
Brown’s strategy paid off. “It felt amazing to win a state title in my senior year,” said Brown. “I was emotional, but didn’t show it on the outside. It felt amazing and made all the hard work throughout the season worth it.”
Brown, a three-year varsity starter for Cougar football, signed in February to play football for Highland Community College in Kansas and will join the Scotties this fall as they compete in the NJCAA Jayhawk Community College Conference. He is hoping to contribute early for the Scotties at defensive end. At Colleton County, he contributed on both sides of the ball. He plans to major in business.