TRACK & FIELD
SCHSL State Championships: The Hilton Head Island High School boys track and field team finally lost its grip on the state's 4x800-meter relay crown Friday night at the SCHSL state championships in Hopkins.
After winning the Class 3-A 4x800 race the last six seasons, the Seahawks were knocked off by Daniel on the opening night of this year's state meet, finishing second by less than 5 seconds. The Seahawks' time of 8 minutes, 3.6 seconds was more than 24 seconds faster than their seed time coming into the meet.
Hilton Head High's Michael Julian also was in action on the first day of the meet, placing sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
As a team, the Hilton Head boys are in fourth place after the first few events.
Like the boys, the Hilton Head girls placed second in the 4x800, finishing nearly 14 seconds behind James Island's winning squad. The Seahawks' time of 9:51.67 was about 32 seconds better than their seeding time.
Beaufort High's girls scored points on Friday in the Class 4-A meet with Amanda Barnes' fourth-place finish in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 10-6.
No Beaufort High boys were in action Friday, a day in which only 4-A and 3-A events were held. The rest of the classes join in today at Lower Richland High School.
Girls pole vault -- 4. Amanda Barnes (Beaufort) 10-6
Boys 4x800 -- 2. Hilton Head High 8:03.60
Boys long jump -- 6. Michael Julian (HHH) 21-7 1/2
Girls 4x800 -- 2. Hilton Head High 9:51.67
Summerville 4, Bluffton 2: The Bobcats' season came to an end in the Class 4-A Lower State final, and it came at the hands of one of its new Region 8-AAAA rivals.
"This is our first year in 4-A and we end up in the final four teams in the state tournament," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "I'm certainly proud of the girls."
Morganne Parker 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored, but the Bobcats (22-8) only had four hits total. Neither team was able to mount much offense.
"The bats were a little cold," Ball said. "Summerville played real well. I think they have a good shot at taking it all this year."
The Green Wave did most of their damage in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three unearned runs with the help of two Bluffton errors.
Summerville tacked on another run in the fifth.
Bluffton scored its two runs in the top of seventh, but couldn't complete the rally.
Courtney Smith went the distance for the Bobcats (21-7), allowing only one earned run.
Lexington 2, Beaufort High 0: The Eagles' season came to an end with a road loss in the Class 4-A Lower State semifinals.
Kayley Gilbert was the Beaufort High goalkeeper.
The Eagles finished 10-10-2.