Hilton Head High’s Cynthia Gudaitis and Beaufort High’s Nash Mills scored a pair of second-place finishes Friday to lead the local contingent at the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic Elite Invitational at Byrnes High School.
Gudaitis shattered the Seahawk school record in the girls 3200 meters, posting a phenomenal 11:15.49 to earn a silver medal. Mills impressed in the boys 1600, finishing second with a time of 4:27.97 and crossing the line just a second behind the winner.
May River’s boys put together a fantastic outing, led by Sean Hamby’s sixth-place finish in the 400 hurdles (58.39), Fareed Abdullah’s ninth-place sprint in the 200 (22.62), as well as a 4×800 relay mark of 8:08.07, good for fourth.
Charlie Bennett added to Beaufort’s strong performance, placing eighth in the 800 with a mark of 2:01.51 and coming a second away from the top four. Battery Creek’s girls squad also shined at the prestigious event, as Myra Smith took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11 inches, while Keona Sanders placed ninth in the 400 hurdles, clocking in at 1:10.72.
By Wes Kerr