Last hurdle left for area athletes with upcoming SC track and field championships

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMay 16, 2014 

Beaufort High School's Michael Dickson, center, leads during the 110-meter hurdles race on April 5 during the Beaufort Track Classic at Beaufort High School. Dickson placed first in the event.

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How fast can they fly a second time?

The S.C. High School League track and field championships start today at Spring Valley High School in northeast Columbia with Beaufort High School trying to follow up a dramatic finish in 2013.

Beaufort High's 4x400-meter relay, which set a state record in 2013 in winning gold, is back to defend with a little different look. Nathan Parker is the only returner from a group that ran 3:16.35 in 2013 to edge Spring Valley and break a 17-year-old record.

The Eagles' seed time of 3:20.60 is almost four seconds faster than Northwestern.

Among those vying for individual state titles will be Beaufort High's Bre-Anna Heyward-White, who qualified in four events and won the 400 and was part of the winning 4x400 relay at the Class 4-A qualifier.-meter

Beaufort High sophomore Jackie Barnes' seed mark of 12 feet is best in the Class 4-A girls pole vault. She will try to break the state record of 12-7 set by Greenville's Sandi Morris in 2010.

Barnes works with Morris's former coach, Rusty Shealy, in Columbia.

She cleared 12 feet, 9 inches at a meet in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this year to temporarily hold the national record for sophomores. She cleared 12 feet, 6 inches in winning the Beaufort Track Classic in April.

Beaufort High's Michael Dickson enters as a favorite in the 110 hurdles after winning the Class 4-A qualifier.

Battery Creek junior Quamecha Morrison qualified again in the girls high jump and will defend her state title in Class 2-A. The Whale Branch Early College High School boys 4x800 relay will try to defend its gold medal from 2013, with Damian Brown and Devonta Glover the returning members.

Whale Branch's Kemoni Jenkins qualified for four events in the Class 1-A girls meet -- 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, pole vault and 4x400 relay. Hilton Head Island High School's Rachel Friend will compete for the girls 800 title after finishing second at the Class 3-A qualifier.

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S.C. High School League track and field championships

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Spring Valley High School

Details: Heat sheets posted on www.scrunners.com.

Area qualifiers

BEAUFORT HIGH

Boys

Name: event (seed time)

Michael Dickson: 110-meter hurdles (14.24)

Nathan Parker: 400 hurdles (56.26)

Parker, Malcolm Simmons, Kayden Smalls, De'Quan Cason, Dickson, Kyliek Middleton: 4x400-meter relay (3:20.60)

Girls

Name: event (seed time)

Amanda Barnes: pole vault (12-0)

Bre-Anna Heyward-White: 100 (12.23), 200 (24.91), 400 (56.66)

Heyward-White, Aaliyah Smalls, Monique Jones, Tatiyana Fripp: 4x400 (4:00.63)

Savionna Glover, Tatiyana Fripp, Aaliyah Smalls, Monique Jones: 4x100 (48.35)

Aaliyah Smalls: 100 hurdles (15.6)

BATTERY CREEK

Boys

Name: event (seed)

Raheem Cooper: Long jump (21-11)

Jonathan Witt: 110 hurdles (15.87)

David Partridge: Pole vault (11-0)

Girls

Dasji'a Cannon: 100 (13.06), 200 (26.66)

La'Schirrae Morrall: Triple Jump (35-5)

Kimberley Vigil: Pole vault (9-06)

Zakiya Cobban: Long jump (16-07.5), Triple jump (35-3.50)

Shanice Pusha-Powell: 100 hurdles (17.39)

Quamecha Morrison: High jump (4-10)

Cannon, Cobban, Pusha-Powell, Diamond Smith, Theresa Anderson, Amanda Martinez: 4x100 relay (49.07)

BLUFFTON HIGH

Boys

Neil Blanken: Discus (163-03)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Boys

Name: event (seed time)

Colton Hennessey: 800 (2:01.13), 1600 (4:31.74)

Seamus Love: 800 (2:01.25)

Ben Gilman: 1600 (4:35.46)

Eladio Wilkinson: 3200 (10:08.22)

Michael Ruth: 400 hurdles (58.83)

Jestin Morrow, Victor Jimenez, Love, Colton Hennessey: 4x800 (8:17.87)

Girls

Rachel Friend: 800 (2:25.90)

Carley McGlinn: 1600 (5:24.45), 3200 (11:43.89)

Rebeka Parent: 1600 (5:33.04)

Brittany Goeman, Ricquel Jenkins, Carol Ann Rosenblum, Christina Mason: 4x400 (4:16.74)

Ciara McMahon, Parent, Mallory Liggett, Mason: 4x800 (10:19.97)

RIDGELAND-HARDEEVILLE

Boys

Name: event (seed)

Brandon Lawyer: 400 hurdles (56.79)

Girls

Jayme Chisholm, Ky'Neshia Clark, Neyuana Fields, Ravon Grant, Kera Robinson, Lanasia Singletary: 4x100 relay (49.13)

Evelena Bolden, Diamond Bonaparte, Aliah Cohen, Tyleah Frazier, Singletary:4x400 relay (4:24.11)

WHALE BRANCH

Boys

Name: event (seed)

Damian Brown: 800 (2:15.02)

D'Vonta Glover: 1600 (4:56.26), 3200 (11:11.87)

Wesley Murphy: 1600 (5:09.12), 3200 (11:24.99)

Ezekiel Carter: 400 hurdles (1:00.77)

Javon Gardner, Carter, Malik Brown, Stephon Eugune, Rashod Williams: 4x100 (44.72)

Damian Brown, Wesley Murphy, Glover, Carter, Karlton Washington, Chavonne Simmons: 4x800 (8:56.62)

David Lamb: High jump (6-00)

Gardner: Long jump (21-01)

Casser Middleton: Shot put (47-08)

Treyvon Bryan: Discus (148-10)

Girls

Kourtney Matt: 1600 (6:30.10), 3200 (14:38.84)

Kemoni Jenins: 100 hurdles (16.83), 400 hurdles (1:10.89), pole vault (7-06)

Da'jahnae Jenkins: 100 hurdles (18:19)

Daja Smalls, Harmony Cleveland, Nicole Smalls, Marshayia White, Shaniqua Johnson: 4x100 (51.43)

Nicole Smalls, Kemoni Jenkins, Bre'Ann Barrett, White, Cleveland: 4x400 (4:35.67)

Daja Smalls: Triple jump (33-04)

Shatayia Clark: Shot Put (33-00), Discus (91-01)

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