Diamond Rush named top female athlete

Diamond Rush, the 2017 State Newspaper Female Track Athlete of The Year stands atop the podium after claiming one of her two golds in May

BLYTHEWOOD- Diamond Rush rushed her way to becoming a two-time state track and field champion, and for her efforts she has earned the title of The State newspaper’s Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year Honors. Rush locked down the State Title in the 100 and 200 and led the Westwood Girls to a fourth place overall finish in the 4A State Meet.

Rush plans on attending Charleston Southern to further her track and field career.

Rush’s brother and five time state-champion at River Bluff, D.J. Ledell made it a family affair when he was named the State Boy’s Track and Field Athlete of the year. He was also the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the year.

If that was not enough, Rush was named to the 2017 Midlands Girls Track and Field Team, along with her Westwood teammate Jasmine Brown. Brown claimed a State Title this year with a win in the long jump.

A pair of Lady Bengals were also named to the Midlands Track and Field Team. Keionna Ray, a bronze medal winning triple jumper and Junior Olympian Sharnae Alston made the cut for Blythewood.
Westwood senior Kaden Briggs earned a nod to the 2017 Midlands Boys Track and Field team, after a superb showing at the State Meet in May. Briggs notched three State Titles with wins in the 110-meter hurdles, the 400 hurdles and on the 4×100 relay team.

Joining Briggs were fellow Westwood Redhawks, Christian Horn and Trini Feggett. Blythewood also secured three nominations to the team with Kenny Benton, Josh Bowers and Robert Braswell.

Benton won the 100 at the State Meet, Braswell finished first in the high jump and Josh Bowers collected gold in the 800. Despite the standout performances, Blythewood finished fourth overall at State.