Midlands athletes shine as state track meet begins

05/17/2014 12:21 AM

05/17/2014 12:22 AM

South Carolina’s finest track and field athletes began claiming medals on Friday, as the SCHSL Class 4A and 3A championships got underway at Spring Valley.

Westwood’s Anthony Friday captured the Redhawks’ first Class 3A individual gold medal with a 57-foot, 5-inch shot put – nearly six feet better than silver medalist Dominique Green of Hanahan.

“It feels great. I’ve been in this compeitition every year for three years, and it feels great to finally win it,” Friday said. “It feels great, especially being a new school, I’m the first boys track and field champion, and to have my name go down in the history like that just feels amazing. I love it.”

The Redhawks had held the top seed in the 3,200-meter relay, but ran in third for much of the race and finished in fourth. Hilton Head swept the boys and girls 3A titles.

Also in Class 3A, Chapin’s Shaleighya Sulton earned bronze in the shot put with a 37-foot throw.

“I was hoping to win, because I really wanted to go out with a bang,” said Sulton, an all-star basketball player. “I like that it’s all me out there, and I’m glad that I was able to represent my school in every way that I could.”

Spring Valley’s squad claimed bronze in the Class 4A girls 3,200 relay.

But the highlight of the evening came early on, as Fort Dorchester’s Jamsine Quinn got her name in the record books for a second time.

Quinn, who set the 100-meter hurdles record of 13.84 seconds in 2013, leapt 20 feet, 2.25 inches to win 4A gold and set a record in the long jump. The Patriots senior had three jumps better than the 1982 record of 19 feet, 11.5 inches.

She has the opportunity to become a four-event medalist. She holds the top seed in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles.

The meet resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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