Blythewood senior Christopher Maxwell, who earned gold and silver medals at the Class 3A state championship meet, is looking for another big haul this season at the 4A level.
Maxwell’s performance at the elite Taco Bell Classic track and field meet last weekend at Spring Valley indicates the Bengals sprint star is on track to continue his 2008 success at the highest level this spring. Maxwell actually did better in the 200 meters than in the 400 – the race he won at the 3A finals a year ago. He was fourth in the shorter of the two events with a national elite time of 21.77 seconds. It was the best showing by any South Carolina entry at the TBC. His second-place time at state last year was 22.07. Maxwell was sixth in the 400 with a time of 49.33, more than two seconds slower than his seeding time of 47.0. James Island’s Raymond Eurie edged him for South Carolina honors by 0.02.
Fellow seniors Carl Edwards and Emanuel Blow and junior Curtis Hill also had noteworthy Taco Bell performances.
Edwards had an interesting days. He finished fourth in the 100, and had a national elite time of 21.77 in the 200 that was only good for a 14th-place finish in the loaded field. Blow chipped in some team points by finishing seventh in the 110 hurdles. Hill was 11th in the shot put.
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Blythewood’s 10 team points was good for a tie for 21st place.
Senior Janay McClure had the top Blythewood female performance, placing 33rd in the long jump.