For the second straight season the Withrow girls track and field team has been crowned state champions. With this title, Withrow track and field is not only the premiere program in the Cincinnati area but is now officially on the map in the eyes of high school track coaches across the nation.
Withrow senior Mercedes Smith led the way for her team in a season that ended with a state championship crown.
When asked about the excitement of finishing her senior year going out on top Smith said, “The experience with these girls, just having a ball with these girls has been great. Like I love them all, we’re just all good friends, I’m going to miss them. It’s bitter sweet.”
Sophomore Jalyiea Smith, who was crowned the 300 meter hurdles state champion this season, was more motivated than ever after last year to accomplish her goal of being a state finalist.
“Last year I didn’t make it on the podium and that was my goal to at least make it on to the podium this year and I ended up winning 1st place,” Smith said.
Athletic Director Rayshawn Walton couldn’t be more proud 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 out here every day after school dyeing on the track, putting in the work they need to do to get that state championship and that’s what they did. It means everything, especially to be back to back state champions.”
When asked about the possibility of pulling off a three peat Junior Niyah Carpenter sounds confident that the feat can come true saying, “Yes, I think we can do it.”
Withrow will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina next Thursday to compete in Nationals.