Irmo cracked the Top 10 at the Class 4A state boys track and field championship meet for the first time since 2000 Saturday at Harry Parone Stadium. The Yellow Jackets rang up 36 points in fourth place.
Junior Rashad Mallett was the Irmo star, winning the 110-meter hurdles title and finished third in the 400 hurdles. Mallett’s win was the first by a Yellow Jacket in six years, dating back to James Stroman’s 110 hurdles triumph in 2002.
Mallet entered state with the second fastest qualifying time in the 110s, but emerged as the winner when No. 1 seed Justin Dash of T.L. Hanna had a poor, fifth-place showing. Mallet, who clocked in at 14.79 He had a 55.26 in the 400, a scant .06 behind champion Patrick Cunningham of Northwestern and .02 behind runner-up Jimmy Legree of Beaufort.
Irmo picked up medals along the way, courtesy of a second-place finish by senior Adrian McGee in the 800, a third-place finished by senior Perrie Keeve in the 400 and a third-place effort by the 3200 relay team. McGee picked up a second medal for his work on the relay team, which also featured junior Jack Lewis and freshmen Andy Roof and Aaron Skiro.