Though Blythewood did not repeat as state champions, the Bengals boys track team had a successful season in its first year at the Class 4A level.
Led by senior Christopher Maxwell, Blythewood finished in second place at the big-school state finals at Lower Richland last weekend with 46 points, 20 off the pace of first-time champion Wando.
Maxwell closed out his prep track career with three state gold medals, eight state medals in all – four individual, four relay. His state report card includes the three gold prizes, plus three silver and two bronze awards.
For the second year in a row Maxwell came home with four medals. In addition to winning his second straight 400-meter title, he helped the Bengals’ 4x100 relay team strike gold, finished third in the 200 and ran a leg on the third-place 4x400 relay team.
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“Winning the 400 means so much more this time because it’s my senior year at it came in 4A,” said Maxwell. “That made it a little more special.”
Maxwell teamed up with fellow seniors Demario Jordan and Carl Edwards and sophomore Jeremy Gardner on the winning 400 relay team. Maxwell was joined by juniors Jeremy Griffin, Demonte Brown and Brandon Warley on the third-place 1600 relay team. Griffin chipped in individually with a sixth-place finish in the 400.
Emmanuel Blow accounted for the rest of the Blythewood points in the hurdles. Blow came away with a silver medal in the 110s and finish sixth in the 400s.