The Ridge View Blazers had five girls at the SCHSL Class 4A track and field championships on Saturday. The young team hoped to come away from it with a school record in the 1,600-meter relay, but accomplished much more than that.
Anchored by sophomore Arlicia Bush, the Blazers set a state record with their 3:19.07 finish.
Ridge View was in second when Bush took the hand-off from sophomore Faith McKie.
“I saw (J.L. Mann) in front of me but I just ... I had to run my race instead of running hers,” said Bush, who broke into the lead on the back stretch.
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The previous record of 3:51.3 was set by a Spring Valley squad in 1993.
With championship points from Bush in the open 400, the small squad combined for 42 points to tie for third with Northwestern.
“I’m so proud of these kiddos. At the beginning of the season, we didn’t even have a 4-by-4 that we could run, because we only had two 400 runners, so to be able to come out and here and do this, I’m so proud,” Blazers coach Amber Haver said.
Bush was elated to beat out Beaufort’s Bre-Anna Heyward-White and J.L. Mann’s Desiree Ross to win the 400, in which she was seeded second. Crossing the finish line, Bush broke into celebration.
She put her face in her hands.
She threw her hands in the air as she walked off the track, refusing to cry.
“It was exciting. It was pain, but I was trying not to let that show,” she said.
Bush also finished fourth in the 200, a race that was dominated by Fort Dorchester senior Jasmine Quinn.
Quinn was the queen of the track. For the second year, Quinn collected four state championships, winning the 100, 200, and 100 hurdles on Saturday. Quinn ran a 13.54 in the hurdles race, breaking the state record of 13.84 she set in 2013. She won the long jump – and set a state record – on Friday.
J.L. Mann won the girls team title with 71 points, with Wando finishing second with 52 points.
On the boys side, Northwestern earned 92.5 points to win the title, and Wando was a distant second.
Dutch Fork and Spring Valley were the top local finishers, showing at 10th and 11th, respectively.
Lexington’s Zach Langston took gold in the 3,200, while Spring Valley’s Jack Timmerman earned bronze.
Also earning bronze medals were Austin Connor of Dutch Fork in the 200; Dutch Fork’s Avery Dominick in the 3,200; Dutch Fork’s 400 relay squad; and White Knoll’s Christian Taylor in shot put.
Irmo’s Brandy Holmes notched second place in the 400 hurdles with a 55.04 finish, and Richland Northeast’s Malik Scott won silver in the triple jump with a 46-7.5 jump.