May River’s boys finished sixth and the Sharks placed eighth in the girls standings to lead the local contingent at the SCHSL Class 4A Track & Field Championships on Friday at Spring Valley High School.
Hilton Head High (13th) and Beaufort High (14th) also cracked the top 15 in the boys standings, and Bluffton was 25th. The Bobcat girls placed 11th, one spot ahead of Beaufort, and the Seahawks finished 21st.
The Sharks also claimed the only gold of the day for the Lowco contingent, edging Greenville by less than a second to win the boys 4×800 relay in 8:12.57. May River’s boys paired the relay win with a third-place showing in the 4×400, and Fareed Abdullah (200) and Kyle Rivers (high jump) also claimed bronze. Jashawn Bacon was fourth in the long jump, Sean Hamby placed fifth in the 400 hurdles, and Colin Keck finished seventh in 1600 for May River.
The throwers led the Seahawk boys, as Jaylen Sneed won bronze in the shot put and Nathaniel Rohr was fourth in the javelin to go along with a fourth-place showing in the 4×800 and a sixth from Franklin Holland in the pole vault.
Beaufort’s Alvin Wilson nearly struck gold in the discus with a throw of 155 feet, good for silver behind Eastside’s Blake Presley (160-4), while Nash Mills won bronze in the 800, two spots ahead of teammate Charlie Bennett.
Bluffton’s Camauri Simmons placed sixth in the 100 and eighth in 200, and Adarion Ransburg was sixth in the triple jump.
The Sharks also led the way in the girls standings thanks to a runner-up finish in the 4×800 relay, silver in the shot put from McKenna Swinton, and a pair of third-place showings from Anya Arroyo in the 1600 and 3200. Swinton’s mark of 37-9.25 was just 9.25 inches short of champion Kloey Pickens of Travelers Rest.
Bluffton’s Tacoya Heyward had an outstanding day, as the freshman claimed silver in the 100 (12.38) and the long jump (18-6), finishing behind Airport senior Jayla Jamison in both events. Kayleigh Washington was three spots behind Heyward in the long jump, finishing fifth, while her sister Madison Washington placed sixth in the discus and eighth in the shot put. The Bobcats also placed eighth in the 4×800 relay.
Beaufort’s Anaiya Houseal also won silver with a mark of 5 feet in the high jump, just two inches shy of James Island’s Tia Lucas’ winning mark. Jayla Daise was third in the shot put for the Eagles, and Layla Warren placed fourth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 400 hurdles. Anna Brown was seventh in the 800, and the Eagles placed eight in the 4×400.
Sarah Neville led Hilton Head High with a fourth-place finish in the 800, and the Seahawks also placed fourth in the 4×800. Cynthia Gudaitis placed sixth in the 3200, and Mia Sinkiewicz finished seventh in the javelin.