Senior Aubrey Hite led Pelion to a bronze medal finish in the SCHSL Class 2A boys track and field championships at Spring Valley on Saturday.
Hite won the 800-meter championship, took silver in the 1,600; and ran on the fifth-place finishing 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. Cole Martin added championship points to the effort with his winning 13-foot, 6-inch pole vault.
Central beat out Bishop England for the team championship by 7 points.
Eau Claire’s Jordan Thompson claimed gold in the 400-meter hurdles and the Keenan Raiders, led by seniors Peter Easaw and Jordan Reid, won the 400 relay.
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The Keenan Raiders girls nabbed gold medals in the 400- and 1,600-meter relays on the way to a sixth-place finish.
Senior Jyana Crosby anchored both races.
“… After I actually got the baton, I just felt like everything was so easy. It was like it was meant to be,” Crosby said after the Raiders beat top-seeded Battery Creek for a 48.57-second finish in the 400 meters. “I felt like I had something on my back just pushing me.”
Crosby collected four gold medals for the day. She posted a 12.41 finish to win the 100-meter title, and edged Wade Hampton’s Tyshaundrea O’Banner by one-tenth of a second for the 200 championship. Teammate Briana Powell captured bronze in the 100 hurdles.
Keenan trailed early on in the 1,600 relay, and Jocelyn Grace passed the baton to Crosby with about a 50-meter lag behind Woodland,
“We had a really strong third-leg so I felt like we were going to come back regardless but I knew that that last leg was going to be really hard for me,” Crosby said. She sprinted most of her lap, catching Woodland on the backstretch, and outlasted Woodland’s anchor in the final 100 meters.
“I felt like I had to push myself, and just no matter what, I had to keep running the race,” she said.
Crosby clocked a 56-second lap, and the Raiders finished with a 4:08.84 time.
“It feels great to know that we came out here and set records, and did things that we didn’t know we could do,” Crosby said.
“We never expected to come in first in the 1,600 and it just feels great to come out here and leave it all on the track, and leave as winners,” said Grace, a senior.
Sophomore Ken’Dazia Peters and junior Tatyanna Peters rounded out the Raiders’ championship squads.
Bishop England won the Class 2A title with 93 points, while Battery Creek and Pendleton tied at runner-up with 57 points. Pelion’s Panthers placed seventh, led by Antoinette Fulton’s two bronze medals, and Asia Raiford’s silver medal in the high jump led Batesburg-Leesville to eighth.
Raven Saunders set a state record in the shot put with a 55-foot, 8.25-inch throw for gold, and also won the discus, throwing 148-5.