Lower Richlands Jalen Bacon was the star of the Diamond Hornet Invitational track meet on Saturday at the LR oval.
Bacon swept the classic sprint races, winning the 100- and 200-meter events with national elite times. He clocked in at 10.83 seconds in the 100, 21.83 in the 200.
Hammonds Taylor McGruder, Westwoods Adonus Lee, Richland Northeasts Deandre Baker and Blythewoods Adam Ramsdale also had national elite performances at the first major invitational of the season.
McGruder went 36 feet, 3.5 inches in winning the girls triple jump. Lee had a 6-6 winning high jump effort. Bakers 22-2.75 performance was tops in the long jump. Ramsdale was second to Bacon in the 200, but clocked in at 21.83 to rate national elite status.
Bacon was named the boys division sprint MVP. Dutch Forks Avery Dominick and Spring Valleys Claudia Cannon were named the meets two district event MVP based on wins in the respective 1600 races. Dominick clocked in at 4:39.15 with Cannon at 5:20.76.
Dutch Fork was the boys team champion with 105.5 boys. Bylthewood was second at 94 points, West wood was fourth (64) and Irmo round out the top five with 50.5 points. Spring Valley was second in the girls standings behind Beaufort. Irmo (65) and Dutch Fork (64) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The other Midlands event winners: Adam Gallman, Dutch Fork, spot put (46-5); Michael Lantz, Blythewood, 3200 (9:51.25); Jordan Sumpter, Camden, 400 (50.44); Brandy Holmes, Irmo, 400 hurdles (56.98); Benjamin Brawley, Irmo, poile vault (12-6); Malik Scott, RNE, triple jump (44-3); Dakota Alston, Dutch Fork, 100 (12.49). Morgan Bridges, Irmo, 800 (2:34.14); Tierra Johnson, Irmo, high jump (5-0); Brianna Pressley, Westwood, 200 (25.19); DaSha Jobes, Westwood, long jump (16-11).