Beaufort High’s boys and James Island’s girls claimed the team titles, and Bluffton’s Tacoya Heyward put together a dominant individual performance to highlight the Region 7-4A track and field championships Wednesday at Beaufort High.
The host Eagles racked up 159 points to edge Lucy Beckham (145) and May River (133) for the boys title and finished second in the girls standings with 155.5 points, trailing only the champion Trojans (183).
Beaufort’s boys had four individual champions — Zyrin Odom won the 400 meters and the triple jump, Nash Mills took the 800, Karlos Holman claimed the 110 hurdles, and Alvin Wilson won the discus — and racked up points with top-three finishes. Mills was second in the 1600 and 3200, Wilson was second in the shot put, Charlie Bennett placed second in the 800 and third in the 1600, and Darryl DePass was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
The Eagles’ depth was enough to hold off Lucy Beckham and May River, which won six events including the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. The Sharks’ other wins came from Fareed Abdullah (200), Colin Keck (1600), Sean Hamby (400 hurdles), and Kyle Rivers (high jump). Jason Epke-Bueso finished second in the high jump, and the Sharks got third-place finishes from Abdullah (100), Jashawn Bacon (long jump), Jaxon Beebe (800), Mills Campbell (3200), and Parker Kline (110 hurdles).
Fourth-place Hilton Head High had three champs in the field events — Franklin Holland (pole vault), Nathanial Rohr (javelin), and Jaylen Sneed (shot put) — and Jourdan Nelson-Davis notched a third-place showing in the high jump.
Bluffton’s Phillip McCants won the long jump and Camauri Simmons nothced runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 to lead the fifth-place Bobcats, who also finished second in the 4×100 and 4×800 relays. Adarion Ransburg finished third in the triple jump for Bluffton.
Colleton County fared well in the sprints, as the Cougars won the 4×100 relay and Jorryn Simmons claimed the 100.
James Island’s girls cleaned up on the track, winning the 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 4×400 and 4×800 relays to go along with a high jump victory and edge the Eagles for the title.
Beaufort’s Layla Warren picked up wins in the 100 hurdles and the javelin and placed second in the 400 hurdles to lead the Eagles to a runner up finish. Jayla Daise won the shot put and was third in the discus, and Reyonce Black claimed silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200. Anaiya Houseal (high jump) and Acionna Lowe (discus) also had runner-up finishes for the Eagles, who placed third in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and got third-place showings from Anna Brown (400), Charlize Antia (1600), and Keasia Walker (triple jump).
Bluffton’s girls finished fourth, largely on the powerful legs of Tacoya Heyward, who won the 100, 200, and long jump and anchored the Bobcats’ winning 4×100 relay in an incredible individual performance. Kayleigh Washington was second in the long jump and Madison Washington was third in the shot put for the Bobcats.
May River was fifth in the standings with McKenna Swinton and Anya Arroyo leading the way. Swinton won the discus and placed second in the shot, and Arroyo was runner-up in the 1600 and 3200 behind James Island star Hannah Vroon. Xyah McGough finished second in the 100 hurdles for the Sharks, who were third in the 4×800 relay.
Hilton Head High did not have an individual champion but finished second in the 4×800 relay and had a quartet of third-place finishers — Sarah Neville (800), Cynthia Gudaitis (3200), Emma McNamara (pole vault), and Mia Sinkiewicz (javelin).
The top four finishers in each event qualify for the Class 4A Lower State Championships on May 15.