High School Sports

Area schools qualify athletes for state meet


Class 3-A

The defending champion Hilton Head Island High School boys track team qualified in eight events Saturday at the Class 3-A state qualifier at York.

Jack Manesiotis finished second in the 3,200-meter run and fifth in the 1,600 to secure spots in Columbia. The Seahawks qualified second in the 4x400-meter relay and the 4x800 relay.

Desmond Bonaparte finished third in the 400 meters and eighth in the 200 to qualify in both events. Sean McMahon finished seventh in the 3,200 to join Manesiotis in the event. Matthew Alex Couch qualified in the 800 and Michael Julian in the long jump.

For the Seahawks girls, Faith Lifer won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:25.65. Rachel Friend qualified with a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters, and Savannah Schepp earned her way to the state meet with a seventh-place effort in the 3,200. Hilton Head High's 4x800-meter relay finished third to qualify.

Bluffton High School's boys will send Demetrius Smalls, who finished fourth in the 800 meters. DeVaughn Frazier also qualified for the Bobcats after finishing seventh in the triple jump. And Bluffton's 4x400 relay finished fifth to qualify.

Johnnie Gaston was the only Bluffton girl to qualify for the Class 3-A state meet. She finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.20.

Battery Creek qualified two individuals each from the boys and the girls.

Justice Oliver qualified in the boys triple jump after finishing third Saturday with a distance of 43 feet, 5 inches. Shakil Gause finished third in the discus with a toss of 131 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and will join Oliver in Columbia.

For the Dolphins girls, Gretchen Brown qualified in three events, taking second in the long jump (17-10 1/2), fifth in 100-meter hurdles (15.95) and sixth in the triple jump (36-1). Quamecha Morrison qualified in the girls high jump with a mark of 4-10. The Dolphins girls 4x100-meter relay finished seventh to also qualify.

"I was hoping to get a little more, but that's what we expected right there," Battery Creek track coach Tyrone Pierce said. "I was hoping to get another event or two in there."

Class 4-A

The Beaufort High School boys qualified Saturday for the Class 4-A state meet in eight events after a solid showing at the Class 4-A qualifier at Spring Valley.

Henry Jenkins, Devonte Green and Randy Thomas will represent the Eagles in the 110-meter hurdles. Jenkins also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles.

Martin Washington qualified in the high jump and long jump. Parrish Holmes earned a qualifying mark in the triple jump. And DeEndre Jefferson Fields qualified for the Class 4-A meet in the discus.

The Eagles 4x800-meter relay (Darren Chaplin, Joshua Skanes, Desmond Howard, Thomas) and 4x800-meter relay (Howard, Skanes, Seth Andrews, Terae Davis) will run at state.

Madeline Aune won the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches to help lead the Eagles girls. Aune will try for the state record of 12-8 this week at the Class 4-A meet in Columbia.

Alexia Neal qualified in three events -- the 100 high hurdles, 400 hurdles and high jump. Beaufort High's 4x100 relay (Stephanie Taylor-Pollock, Veneshia Holmes, Tiffany Robinson and Latoya Smalls) and 4x400 relay (Aaliyah Smalls, Latoya Smalls, Holmes, Taylor-Pollock) both qualified. Taylor-Pollock also qualified in the 100 meters.

"I was pleased with their performances," Beaufort High girls coach Herb Glaze said. "They did an outstanding job."