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Noah Ward, teammates building a legacy at Philip Simmons High

Published Monday, November 19, 2018

Noah Ward

Noah Ward, shown at the South Carolina State Cross Country Meet, ran a personal best/record time to claim the 2018 individual title. As a whole, the team from PSH (boys and girls) finished 4th. (Photo provided)

At one time or another, all athletes dream of being a part of a legacy. Philip Simmons High sophomore Noah Ward is not only living that dream — he’s in control of it.

In just its second year of existence, Philip Simmons has a state championship for the trophy case. The accomplishment came on the legs of Ward, who ran a personal best, 15:40:38 in the state cross country meet at Fort Jackson on November 3. While his individual accomplishment is one to revere, the team from a school that has yet to welcome its first senior class finished fourth (boys and girls) among a collection of schools in existence for decades. 

Ward describes being a trailblazer as challenging, but he said it’s also been fun and rewarding. While some may be surprised by the level of success shown by a young team from one of South Carolina’s newest schools, he said the meet went as he and teammates expected. 

“I just trusted my coaches and all the training we have done all year,” Ward said. “…It was amazing to see it all come together as my teammates (boys and girls) came over the finish line.” 

Each member of the team also finished the state meet with a personal best — making it an even more memorable day for the PSH Iron Horses and the team Ward describes as “family.” 

“I was very happy with my time and how the rest of the team did,” Ward said.

In addition to Ward, PSH had two members of the team finish in the top 20 at the state meet. Both of those athletes were 7th-graders participating in the girls' race -- Hailey Meyers (19:15:88) and Josie May (20:20:36).

Brian Troutman