Keenan’s Phillip George capped a glorious senior year by becoming the first Raider to ever win two state track gold medals.
George, who was a do-it-all type and an all-state pick in football and helped Keenan win a state championship as a role player on the basketball team, continued to show his versatility in the final athletic outing of his career on May 15 at Lower Richland.
George qualified in four events, personally accounted for 23 of the Raiders’ school record 32 state-meet points tallied at the Class 2A season finale, came away with two medals and became the first Keenan boys track athlete to retire with two gold medals by winning the high jump for the second time in three years. He also earned a silver medal in the long jump, placed fourth in the triple jump and helped the 400 relay team finish fourth.
Keenan’s 32 points was good for a fourth place finish in the final team standings – the highest state meet finish in school historyu.
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George’s winning high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches was the same as the winning mark he posted as a sophomore in 2008. He did not make the state cut in 2009. George went 6-8 three times during his career. His PR was a 6-10 at the Allen Johnson Invitational hosted by Dreher on April 17.
Dennis Rowe, Kyari Williams and Billy Woodard joined George on the fourth-place relay team that came up a scant 0.15 short of claiming a medal. Rowe and Williams teamed up with Antuan Parson and Davidmichael Clark for a fifth-place showing in the 3200 relay.
The Rebels put together their best state meet performance in 12 years – scoring 38 points and finished in fourth place.
Jamarcus Lindler, Mark Boozer and Clarence Turner were the M-C headliners. Lindler won a silver medal in the discus, Booker was the bronze medallist in the pole vault and Turner scored in both the 100 and 200 meters and helped the 400 relay team secure a bronze prize with a third place finish.
The other big points came from a second-place effort by the 3200 relay team of Layton Wicker, Adam Summer, Franklin Cheeks and Tykerious Coleman.
The Panthers returned to the Top 10 after managed just one point at the state finals a year ago. B-L matched its eighth-place finish in 2008 by scoring 27 points.
Ricky Adams was the Panthers go-to man, scoring in fourth events. The sophomore standout came away with two silver medals – one for a second-place showing in the triple jump, one for his part on the second-place 1600 relay team in the final event of the day. Adams also placed fourth in both the 100 meters and the long jump.
Seniors James Coleman, Chris Lewis and Eddie Quattlebaum joined Adams on the 1600 relay.
The Panthers highlight was a bronze medal performance by the 3200 relay team, featuring Aubrey Hite, Jake Walker, Zane Tharpe and Dustin Corder. Tyler Rice contributed to Pelion’s 10 team points with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault.
Vernon Davis paced the Shamrocks 16-point team effort with a third-place finish in the 800. Marquise Rice was fourth in the 400. Davis and Jones were also on EC’s fourth-place 1600 relay team.