SENECA – One Holland girl will soon graduate from Seneca High holding some pretty impressive track and field marks, with another young lady from that same family coming up right behind her.
Senior Lady Bobcat Majayla has had a typical Holland spring, earning national first and second team elite status in both the discus and shot. She is currently second in the Milesplit rankings in the discus behind Burke’s Raven Sanders, and third in the shot behind Sanders and Majayla’s younger sister Carisma Holland. Attend a meet where the Holland sisters are competing and chances are you’ll find the pair at or near the top in the two events.
“We have high expectations going into a meet,” Majayla recently told scrunners.com. “We always expect to finish one and two.”
The pair met that lofty goal last month, with one-two finishes at the Golden Corner Invitational. Majayla placed first, followed by Carisma in the discus, while the sisters flipped finishes in the shot. Carisma’s discus throw of 120-5 was the best for the freshman.
“I’m happy with the progress I’ve made this year,” she said. “We have put in a lot of hard work.”
Both sisters expect to make State next month, a view shared by their coach, Karl Addis.
“They both have consistently improved since day one of joining our program,” Addis said. “We have been blessed to have some really good throwers over the last five to six years and the Holland sisters continue to carry on that tradition. They have both been throwing the shot and the disc well thus far this season.”
The sisters come from a family with a solid link to track and field in the Golden Corner that starts with their father, Howard Holland, who is an assistant coach for the girls and boys track teams at Seneca.
“He spends a lot of time working with them,” Addis said. In fact, the older Holland credits her father with getting her involved in the sport.
“My dad had a summer track team, something to keep me active during the summer,” Majayla said, but it quickly became a year-round “passion” for her.
Addis also gives credit to Clemson University professor Bob Green, who has worked with the team on throwing technique.
“He knows his stuff when it comes to the throws,” Addis said.
While the Holland sisters are a close match when it involves training and performance on the track, Addis said their personalities are much more diverse.
“Majayla is a bit more introverted than Carisma,” he said. “If you didn’t look for Majayla, you probably wouldn’t know she was around. She does what she is supposed to do and goes to the house.
“Carisma, on the other hand, is a little more outgoing,” he said. She is an active member of student government at Seneca.
The contrasting personalities seem to work for the sisters off and on the track.
“Our practices are like meets,” said Majayla, who also took first in the triple jump at Golden Corner. “We help each other to do our best and be at our best at every meet.”
Addis said his staff is optimistic heading into the conference and state championships, despite some late-season setbacks.
“We have had a couple of season-ending injuries to some key parts of our team,” he said, noting that the team won’t be bringing at least 40 points that were scored at state last year.
But, he said some younger members of the team have “stepped up” to fill those holes.
“Our goals remain the same,” he said. “We want to win the Region I AAA championship and then go to Columbia and win another state title.”