Beaufort High’s boys blazed to their second consecutive Class 4A track and field state championship with a dominant performance Friday and Saturday in Columbia.
The Eagles displayed their depth by racking up 93 points — 36 more than runner-up Hilton Head High — despite only three individual champions. Alex Macias won the pole vault, Desmond Gaillard claimed the triple jump title, and Dexter Ratliff won the discus to lead the way, and Kenneth Williams claimed third-place finishes in both the high jump and long jump. Joshua Wilborn was third in the 800 and the Eagles placed third in the 4×400 relay.
The Seahawks finished second despite having only six state qualifiers, maximizing their scoring opportunities. Sam Gilman capped his stellar high school career with wins in the 800 and 1600, Nate Brown was second in both the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles, and the Seahawks placed third in the 4×800 relay.
Bluffton’s Anthony Carswell also won a state title in the shot put.
Beaufort High’s girls placed third with 58.5 points, while Hilton Head High (30) was eighth. Anna Brown had a runner-up finish in the 800 and Layla Warren placed third in both the 100 and 400 to lead the Eagles. Beaufort also placed second in the 4×400 and third in the 4×800.
Hilton Head High’s Isabel Muehleman won the 1600, and Kaitlyn Holland was second in the pole vault. Tacoya Heyward was Bluffton’s top scorer, placing fourth in the 100 and the long jump.