Beaufort High’s boys set themselves up well for a run at a second consecutive Class 4A state championship, and the Eagles’ girls also put themselves in position to compete for a team title with a strong performance at the Class 4A Track & Field State Qualifier in Columbia.
The defending state champion boys qualified 10 individuals and two relays for this weekend’s state meet, while the girls had 10 individual qualifiers and had all three relays advance.
Dexter Ratliff, Marlon Belden, Tre’john Smalls, Kenneth Williams, and Desmond Gaillard all qualified in multiple events, as did Layla Warren and Nigeria Davila.
Hilton Head High’s boys had four individuals and two relays qualify, including multi-event qualifiers Nate Brown, Sam Gilman, Colton Thune, and Zach Waters. The Seahawks had four individuals and one relay qualify on the girls side, including Kaitlyn Holland and Isabel Muehleman qualifying in multiple events.
Bluffton’s Tacoya Heyward also qualified in two events.
The SCHSL State Championships are Friday and Saturday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
CLASS 4A STATE QUALIFIERS
Beaufort High: Layla Warren (100 hurdles, 3rd; 400 hurdles, 6th); Anna Lyles (pole vault, 1st); Zoe Lyons (pole vault, 1st); Shannon Smith (1600, 4th); Anna Brown (800, 5th); Charlize Antia (3200, 5th); Reyonce Black (100, 7th); Nigeria Davila (high jump, 3rd; 400 hurdles, 7th); Anaiya Houseal (high jump, 6th); Trelayah Wright (long jump, 4th); 4×100 (3rd); 4×800 (2nd); 4×400 (4th)
Hilton Head High: Kaitlyn Holland (pole vault, 1st; triple jump, 6th); Isabel Muehleman (800, 2nd; 1600, 3rd); Sarah Neville (800, 3rd); Sarah Cooke (3200, 8th); 4×800 (3rd)
Bluffton: Tacoya Heyward (long jump, 3rd; 100, 6th); Allayah Bryan (shot put, 2nd)
Beaufort High: Dexter Ratliff (discus, 1st; shot put, 8th); Alex Macias (pole vault, 1st); Jonathan Pozas (800, 3rd); Marlon Belden (1600, 4th; 3200, 6th); Aydreyan Laurie (400 hurdles, 3rd); Joshua Wilborn (800, 5th); Shylik Smalls (400, 8th); Tre’john Smalls (100, 5th; 200, 8th); Kenneth Williams (long jump, 1st; high jump, 6th); Desmond Gaillard (triple jump, 2nd; long jump, 5th); 4×800 (7th); 4×400 (2nd)
Hilton Head High: Nate Brown (110 hurdles, 2nd; 400 hurdles, 2nd); Sam Gilman (800, 1st; 1600, 2nd); Colton Thune (1600, 6th; 800, 6th); Zach Waters (110 hurdles, 7th; 400 hurdles, 7th); 4×800 (3rd); 4×400 (5th)
Bluffton: Anthony Carswell (shot put, 2nd)