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CCSD track and field standouts capture multiple state titles

CCSD Track and Field


RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2024

Over the course of three days (May 16-18, 2024) at various sites in the Columbia area, student-athletes from Charleston County School District won gold medals at the state track and field meets.


Wando High School’s Jake Liebert finished his storied high school career by winning the boys’ 1,600-meter run at 4:17.60 (by almost eight seconds) and the 3,200-meter run at 9:06.68 (by about eight and a half seconds). Liebert, the 2023-2024 Gatorade South Carolina Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year, completed a three-peat in the 3,200 meters and went back-to-back in the 1,600-meter competition.

West Ashley High School senior Caleb Holman captured the boys’ triple-jump crown at 49’3.75”, more than a foot and a half than the nearest competitor.

Fellow Wildcat Hampton O’Donald (a junior) won the state title in the boys’ shot put with a throw of 53’10.5”, over two and a half feet further than second place.

In the girls’ meet, West Ashley’s Madelynn Cohen (a senior) brought home the gold in the pole vault by clearing 11’3”.


James Island Charter High School’s senior Magnum Chestnut won a pair of state championships; he took home gold in the discus with a toss of 164’7.25” and first place in the shot put with a throw of 57’10”. He is the first-ever two-time state champion in school history for boys’ track and field (two events at the same state track and field meet).

Senior Henry Goldsmith of Lucy Beckham High School won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.51 seconds. He also came in second in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the girls’ side, James Island’s 4x800 relay team brought home the gold medal for the fourth year in a row. Alice Taylor, Hannah Vroon, Chloe Gilbert, and Avery Belk combined to cruise to a nearly seven-second victory with a time of 9:40.77.

Lucy Beckham senior Livi Dodd captured the girls’ pole vault championship by clearing 11’6.5”.


Quin Swanton, a junior at Academic Magnet High School, won the gold medal in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:19.60 and repeated as the state champion in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:44.92.

Senior Raptor Jackson Millet repeated as the state champ in the pole vault by clearing 14’0”. Millet and Swanton led Academic Magnet to a second-place finish in the team standings as well.


St. John’s High School junior Rowan Stroble took gold in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.87, more than three seconds faster than second place. She was also the runner-up in the high jump.

Stroble also helped the Islanders win the girls’ 4x400 relay; she, Da’Nezia Sutton, Tylashia Alston, and Daeshia Buford brought home the championship with a time of 4:06.93.