Richland School District Two announced Thursday that four district two students won a national title in August.
Paris Asmond, Peyton Hightower, Madison Ross and Olivia Taylor became the youngest group of females from South Carolina to win a national championship for the 4x400 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) relay race in track and field.
Ross, a sixth grader, and seventh graders Asmond and Taylor attend Blythewood Middle School. Hightower is a sixth-grade student at Kelly Mill Middle School. The group is part of Team Blaze Track Club of Columbia.
The athletes traveled to Satellite Beach, FL to compete in two events, the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay. They placed third in the 4x100 meter relay and earned the distinction of All-American and placed first in the 4x400 meter relay earning the distinctions of All-American and National Champion.
Asmond, Hightower, Ross, and Taylor now hold the South Carolina record in both events for their age group.