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Taco Bell Classic: N.C. team shaves 3,200 mark

T.C. Roberson helps open Classic with one for the books

ainelson@thestate.comApril 11, 2014 

— The girls’ 3,200-meter relay record fell on Friday, the first day of Taco Bell Track and Field Classic at Spring Valley High.

North Carolina’s T.C. Roberson finished in 9 minutes, 16.93 seconds – seven-hundreths of a second better than the 11-year-old record set in 2003.

Roberson’s Casey Greenwalt took the baton at the 7-minute mark and powered through the anchor leg, cruising down the final straightway alone. The time was fourth-best nationally this season.

“We knew the record was 9:17,” Greenwalt said, “and when I was waiting for the handoff, I knew I was going to have to give it everything I had. I knew it was going to be close.”

Lexington was third in the boys 3,200 relay (8:07.19), behind Northwestern and Lake Norman.

Northwestern’s Quantarius Caldwell won the boys high jump at 6-feet, 6-inches. Marist’s Bailey Weland won the girls competition at 5-8.

In the preliminaries for the boys 200, Lower Richland’s Jaylen Bacon (21.91) had the third-best time.

In the Saturday finals, Bacon will have his eye on Daryl Haraway, the DeMatha Catholic junior who had the event’s fastest time (21.41), and Fox Creek senior Darius Watkins (21.63).

“I’m running the best times I have all year, and they always say, if you run with the fastest people, your times get faster so, this a really good experience,” said Bacon, who will compete in the 100 and 200 finals.

Among the top qualifiers in the girls 200 were Fort Dorchester’s Jasmine Quinn (24.59) and West Florence’s India Brown (24.64). Simone Glenn of Bullis was the top qualifier at 24.39.

Taco Bell competition continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning with the individual 3,200 finals, and wrapping up with the 1,600 relays at 7:30 p.m.

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