A one-time dynasty rose again Saturday in Columbia, as Beaufort High’s boys claimed the Class 4A track & field championship – the 14th state championship in program history, but the first since 1990.
Beaufort finished with 99 points, easily outpacing runner-up Westwood (67), and is now tied with T.L. Hanna for the most state titles in South Carolina history. Hilton Head High finished third with 61 points.
The Eagles built an insurmountable lead with an outstanding performance Friday night, including a sweep of the top three spots in the pole vault and the top two in the discus. Beaufort finished with four individual state champions – Reggie Jones Jr. (400 hurdles), Kagel Coke (pole vault), Dexter Ratliff (discus), and Isaiah Parker (shot put). The Eagles also had runner-up finishes from Desmond Gaillard (triple jump), Jones (pole vault), Kegan Crowell (discus), and the 4×400 relay team, and Jones also finished third in the 110 hurdles.
The Seahawks won three events, as Joshua Williams (800), Sam Gilman (1600), and the 4×800 relay team all claimed gold. Williams also finished second in the 1600 and third in the 3200.
May River led the area contingent with a fifth-place finish in the Class 3A meet.
The Sharks had one individual champion – Beau Bischoff in the pole vault — and showed well in the relays, winning the 4×400, placing third in the 4×100, and finishing fourth in the 4×800.
Battery Creek’s Jordan Wilson-Smalls won the high jump, helping the Dolphins finish 19th. Bluffton was 30th.
Whale Branch finished seventh in Class 2A with 29.5 points. Richard Campbell posted the Warriors’ best individual finish with a runner-up showing in the 400, and Robert Alston placed third in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump.
Complete Results (4A/3A)
Complete Results (2A)
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