The Eau Claire girls finally got to run their victory lap.
The Shamrocks won the Class 2A championship Saturday at Lower Richland, earning 88 points to beat Pendleton.
"It means a lot to us, because when we first came out (two years ago), we had a chance to win, but we got disqualified in the relay and it took us out of it," said senior Andreina Paige, who ran the anchor leg of the Shamrocks' gold-medal winning 1,600-meter relay.
In 2009, the Shamrocks again were one of the top contenders for the title.
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"But we false started again, so this time we really wanted to do it right," Paige said.
So although the title was already theirs before the final relay was run, Andreini Paige (her twin sister), was briefly shaken when the starter's pistol fired twice to signal a false start.
"This time, I knew it wasn't me," said junior Shameka McCaskill, who ran the first leg. The Shamrocks went on to win the race in 4 minutes, 2.19 seconds.
"It felt it from the beginning of the year. This was our year to win," McCaskill said.
It was a banner day for the Shamrocks, who swept the relays and picked up medals in six open events. McCaskill won the 400 while Latracia Houston and Shameka Belton placed second and fourth, respectively, in the 200. In the 100, when Pendleton's defending champion Jasmine Stowers stumbled at the finish line, Houston cruised to a 12.74-second bronze medal finish.
Andreina Paige finished second to Stowers in both hurdles races; Andreini Paige won bronze in the 400 hurdles.
"I expected this kind of performance," Eau Claire coach Jon Javis said. "These girls are juniors and seniors, they've been together for three years now and they just work well together.
"I started out at the beginning apologizing to them because last year. I moved them around so much, putting them in different events trying to get points all over the place. I really took the championship out of their hands that time.
"This year, I put them out there where they were comfortable and let them do what they do best."
Despite finishing eighth in the 100, Stowers led the Bulldogs, accounting for 21 of their 77 points.
Johnsonville dominated Class A girls competition, besting Landrum 142-86.
On the boys side, Allendale-Fairfax posted 92 points to win its fourth consecutive Class A title. Landrum placed second with 67 points. Chesnee beat out Hanahan 62-57 to win the Class 2A title, and Phillip George led Keenan to a sixth place finish, tied with Emerald with 32 points.
George won gold in the high jump, silver in the long jump, placed fourth in the triple jump and led the Raiders' fourth-place 400 relay team, accounting for 28 points.