TRACK & FIELD
Taco Bell Classic: Beaufort High School sophomore Bre-Anna Heyward-White had an outstanding day against some of the top athletes in the country, as she had a pair of top-five individual finishes and helped the Eagles finish in the top 10 in a pair of relays at the prestigious Taco Bell Classic on Saturday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
More than 90 schools -- some from as far away as the Washington, D.C., area -- participated in the meet, annually one of the top events in the Southeast.
Heyward-White took fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 and was part of the Eagles' 4x100 and 4x400 relays that set season-best times.
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Battery Creek's Quamecha Morrison had the top finish of any Beaufort County athlete, placing second in the girls high jump. She had a mark of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Beaufort High's Michael Dickson had the top finish from the area's boys, placing third in the 110 high hurdles.
Bluffton's Neil Blanken picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the field events, placing fourth in the discus with a throw of 159-9 and ninth in the shot put at 48-2 1/2.
Hilton Head Christian Academy's Zach Polk also had a top-10 finish, placing seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 22.31 seconds.
Whale Branch's Casser Middleton finished 16th in the boys shot put.
Beaufort High's girls placed 20th as a team, while Battery Creek was 28th.
Beaufort High's boys were 37th in the team standings, Bluffton was 42nd and Hilton Head Christian was 58th.
The area's athletes will be back in action next Saturday at the Beaufort County championships, hosted by Battery Creek.
Taco Bell Classic
Top Area Finishers
High Jump -- 2. Quamecha Morrison (Battery Creek), 5-4
4x100 Relay -- 10. Beaufort High (Bre-Anna Heyward-White, Tatyana Fields, Savionna Glover, Aaliyah Smalls), 48.74
400 Hurdles -- 12. Aaliyah Smalls (Beaufort), 1:08.32
400 -- 4. Bre-Anna Heyward-White (Beaufort), 56.16
200 -- 5. Bre-Anna Heyward-White (Beaufort), 24.78
4x400 -- 6. Beaufort High (Tamara Shields, Bre-Anna Heyward-White, Aaliyah Smalls, Monique Jones), 4:03.16
Discus -- 4. Neil Blanken (Bluffton), 159-9
Shot Put -- 9. Neil Blanken (Bluffton), 48-2 1/2; 16. Casser Middleton (Whale Branch), 44-8
110 Hurdles -- 3. Michael Dickson (Beaufort), 14.74; 14. De'Quan Cason (Beaufort), 15.73
400 Hurdles -- 14. Michael Dickson (Beaufort), 59.14
200 -- 7. Zach Polk (Hilton Head Christian), 22.31
4x400 -- 9. Beaufort High, 3:27.42
Catholic Memorial (Wis.) 2, Hilton Head Island High 0: The visitors from Waukesha, Wis. -- ranked No. 9 in the nation -- put the game away with a late penalty kick.
"We definitely held our own, and then some, against them," Seahawks coach Ernie Suozzi said.
Hilton Head High (11-2) is off until April 22, when they take on Stall in a Region 8-AAA match.
North Gwinnett (Ga.) 3, Hilton Head Island High 1: An early goal by Luis Lopez didn't stand up, as the visitors rallied with three second-half goals to defeat the Seahawks.
Ryan Gordon scored twice and Tyler Arnold had the other goal for North Gwinnett (7-7).
Hilton Head High (6-6) is off until April 22, when it faces Stall.
Ashley Ridge 4, Beaufort High 1 (Friday): Brady Cormier went 3 for 4 at the plate, but the Eagles dropped to 4-3 in Region 8-AAAA.
Alex Tokar was 1 for 3 with a double for Beaufort High (8-4). Carson Gregory took the loss.
JV: Beaufort High 16, Bluffton 3
Whale Branch 16, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 5: Olivia Walker struck out 11 batters and held Orangeburg-Wilkinson to two earned runs, and she also went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run to lead the Warriors to victory.
Ciara Courtney went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Tanasia Campbell also was 3 for 4 with a pair of triples and four RBIs. Marissa Roberts was 2 for 3 with a double, and Keran Rivers had a hit and scored three runs for Whale Branch (6-5), which plays Tuesday at Allendale-Fairfax.