Notebook: 2A boys track and field

May 3, 2010 

Keenan emerged with the Region 4-2A boys track championship on Friday at Memorial Stadium, while Strom Thurmond beat out Mid-Carolina for top honors at the Region 3-3A meet on April 28 at Batesburg-Leesville.

Both conference meets were tune-ups for the Upper State qualifying event on Saturday at Broome.

The Raiders finished with a 149.5-112 edge over runner-up Lee Central. Phillip George and James Barnes were double winners for Keenan. George was first in the high and triple jump events, while Barnes ruled in the shot put and discus events. The other Keenan gold medal was courtesy of the winning performance by the 4x400 relay team

Omar Shariff and Vernon Davis provided the highlights in the distance events for Eau Claire, which finished third with 83 points. Shariff prevailed in the 1600 and 3200 races, while Davis led the pack in the 800.

Mid-Carolina and Saluda both had five individual winners at the 3-2A gathering, but Strom Thurmond’s depth was the decisive factor. Thurmond’s winning score was 158 points, followed by M-C at 135 and Saluda at 101.

Clarence Turner and Adam Summer were the standouts for M-C. Turner topped the field in the 200 and joined forces with Layton Wicker, Jacobi Boyd and Randerick Boyd for a winning 4x100 relay combination. Summer ruled the 1600 and teamed up with Wicker, Franklin Cheeks and Tykerious Coleman on the first-place 4x800 relay team. Mark Boozer chipped in a winning performance in the pole vault.

Ricky Coleman of Batesburg-Leesville was the individual star of the meet, ringing up three event wins. Coleman beat Turner in the 100 and added triumphs in the long and triple jumps. The Panthers also had a second-place effort in the 4x800 relay, courtesy of James Coleman, Brandon James, Austin Rogers and Matthew Barr.

Newberry’s lone region champion was Marcus McMorris in the 400.

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