Trey Myers’ name may not be in the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) record book, but the gold medal given to the Class 4A champion in the boys 400-meter hurdles resides at his street address.
What was supposed to be one of the most memorable days in his life became one the lowest for the St. James standout, a judge’s ruling during the race in May resulting in disqualification rather than a championship. It was ruled Myers committed a rules infraction by hooking a pair of hurdles.
Kaiden Briggs of Westwood, who finished second but was awarded first, presented Myers the gold medal for his 2017 state-best time of 53.50 seconds, however.
“It was a bummer,” Myers said. “What happened at the state meet, you really can’t do anything about. Mad respect to (Briggs) for letting me take the gold home. But I feel like I deserved it, because I won that race … but they made the call.”
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A season after coming up just short of a state crown, Myers’ chief motivation was not to allow history to repeat itself.
“I got so upset being without a state championship, so this year I really wanted to bring it home,” he said. “So I was doing so much more this year than I was last year, training wise and weight room wise, and I prepared more to get ready for the state meet.”
Up until the state meet, Myers’ time just shy of 55 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at April’s Bojangles Track & Field Classic in Columbia was best among all runners in the state. He also claimed the top time at the state 4A qualifier in the event in early May.
The St. James runner would also qualify for the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing second to Briggs.
Maybe Myers’ chief goal proved quite elusive. However, his work during the 2017 track season left no doubt, the Sharks’ senior standout being named The Sun News’ 2017 Toast of the Coast Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Every practice began the same for Myers, being told who his competition was and how much better than him they were. All it did was add fuel to a fire that had been burning for nearly a year.
“The whole year, my coach was telling me about another runner — either (Briggs) or another guy from Beaufort,” he said. “He’d tell me how they were going to beat me. I’d tell him ‘No, no they aren’t going to beat me … I’m winning this thing this year.’”
And technically, none of them did.
Holding his head high despite the sense of disappointment, he continues to run. Recently, Myers competed in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor event in Greensboro, N.C. He’s also expecting to enter other track meets before starting his freshman year at Benedict College.
“My senior year was definitely one to remember,” he said. “I had so much fun.”
This is the eighth installment in a 10-day series honoring the top athletes from the spring high school sports season. Tomorrow: Softball.
2017 Toast of the Coast Boys Track and Field Team
Athlete of the Year
Trison “Trey” Myers
School: St. James
Notable: Claimed the Region VII-4A title in the 110-meter high hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, qualifying for the state meet in both. Finished second in Class 4A in 110-meter high hurdles.
School: St. James
Notable: Qualified for the Class 4A state meet in the pole vault event, where he finished eighth.
School: Green Sea Floyds
Notable: Qualified for Class A state meet in triple jump, where he finished fourth with a result of 40 feet, 7 inches.
School: Carvers Bay
Notable: The Bears track and field standout claimed second in the Class 2A state discus throw event with a toss of 159 feet, 9 inches.
Notable: Qualified second for the Class 3A state meet in the 800-meter race, where he claimed third place with a time under 2 minutes.
Notable: Finished second in a Class 3A qualifier for the state meet in the long jump, where he finished eighth. He also was the Region VI-3A champion in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Notable: Among the area’s top distance runners, he was the Region VI-3A champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, qualifying for the state meet in both, where he finished seventh and fifth, respectively. Jones also was part of a Warriors 4x800-meter relay team finished third.
Notable: Earned a Lower State 3A title in the 400-meter race, while also qualifying for the state track meet in the 200-meter dash and pole vault events.
Notable: An all-region performer in both the high jump and long jump competitions, he finished fourth at the Class 3A state track meet.
Notable: Qualified for state track meet in shot put, where he finished eighth.
School: Carvers Bay
Notable: Finished fourth at the state 2A track meet in the shot put event.
Notable: The Lower State 3A champion in the shot put event, finishing sixth at the Class 3A state meet.
Coach of the Year
Notable: Led Waccamaw to the Region VI-3A title, in addition to placing several of the team’s standout performers in the state 3A meet.