Former Cardinal competing at Wofford
Landrum High School graduate Ben Boatwright competes at Terrier Relays
By Samuel Robinson
SPARTANBURG—Wofford College hosted the 2019 Terrier Relays last weekend, March 29th and 30th. The competition was held at two locations, on Friday the shot put and hammer throw competitions took place at USC Upstate. On Saturday all track events and the remaining throwing events were held on Spartanburg High School campus at the Viking Track.
A total of 31 schools traveled to compete in the Terrier Relays with most schools opting to compete in both the Men and Women’s competitions. Some of the visiting schools included Gardner-Webb, Radford, UNC Asheville, Davidson, Furman, USC Upstate, Wingate, and Winthrop, among others.
Ben Boatwright is a graduate of Landrum High School who competes for Wofford in both Cross Country and Track and Field. While at Landrum, Boatwright competed in both Cross Country and Track for all four years of high school.
During the Terrier Relays Boatwright competed in the both Men’s 800–meter race and the Men’s 1500–meter race. Boatwright won his heat in the 800–meter with a time of 2:02.58 and finished 27th overall in the event. In the 1500–meter, Boatwright had a personal best time of 4:15.17. Boatwright is in his senior year at Wofford and this was the last home meet that he will participate in as a Terrier.
“It was a really special weekend for me and our team. The seniors on the team have all worked so hard and we’ve really come a long way in the last 4 years” Boatwright said. “It was really big for me personally because I haven’t been able to compete there (Terrier Relays) the last 3 years due to injury or other factors, so to come out senior year and set two personal bests on the home track was awesome.”
The Men’s team has the opportunity to go into the conference meet shooting for a spot in the top four, a feat that would be a record for the Wofford Track program. Boatwright said he believes that the team is capable of doing it and have the personnel to achieve a spot in the top 4 of the Southern Conference.
Boatwright accredits a huge part of his success to his former coaches, Dr. Todd Walter and former Landrum Cross Country and Track and Field head coach Jeremy Darby.
For anyone that has ambitions of competing in sports at the collegiate level Boatwright offered some of his personal experience.
“It’s important to know that it’s not a huge jump if you’re willing to work hard,” Boatwright said. “Being consistent and adamant about improving yourself and surrounding yourself with people who promote that. It’s feasible for anyone willing to commit to bettering themselves.”
Boatwright and the Terriers have two more meets before they head to Samford University to compete in the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Southern Conference Championship will be held on April 26 and 27 in Birmingham, Ala.
To keep up with the Terriers and view previous meet results visit, https://woffordterriers.com/index.aspx?path=mtrack.