Greer girls track placed on probation

By Bob Castello
The Greenville News staff writer

Greer High's girls track team has been placed on probation because of the use of a sixth-grader, effectively ending the Yellow Jackets' season.

"By (South Carolina) High School League standards, sixth-graders are not permitted to participate on any middle school or high school team," Greer principal Marion Waters said. "The young lady was entered into two events at two track meets, and as such, we were in violation of the High School League standard."

The probation includes a fine and a ban on any postseason competition, which means Greer's team would not be eligible to participate in either the Class AAA state qualifying meet on Saturday or the state meet May 4-5.

Waters said the school reported the violation to the High School League this week when it was brought to his attention. He said the team's coach, Paul Masse, has resigned.