There are two huge Midlands storylines at this weekend’s Class 3A boys track and field stats championship meet at Harry Parone Stadium.
One is Lower Richland’s drive to become the first Midlands boys team in the modern era (since 1971) to win three straight state championships. Another is the planned assault on the record book by Dreher sophomore superstar Brandon Sanders, who could win three gold medals and set new records in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
Lower Richland was dealt a bad break in March when Devin Wannamaker, who scored 31 points by himself at last season’s state meet suffered a hamstring injury that eventually put him on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Diamond Hornets coach Cedric Richie, however, believes his team still had a shot at extending the reign, though it should be a tight battle.
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The pressure is on Desmond Wallace, Derrick Duckett, Marcus Edmond, Chris White and Davante Scott to make the difference. Wallace, the defending 110 hurdles champ, is looking to score big in both hurdles races. Duckett has a shot at sweeping by discus and shot put events. Edmond, White and Wallace are key 400 and relay men. Wallace, a sophomore, was second at the state-qualifying meet last week. Wallace and Scott are also out to score big in the long jump.
If all goes well, Richie thinks the championship could be decided on the final event – the 4x400 relay. LR had the fastest qualifying time a week ago with Joshua Cofield, White, Edmond and Scott taking turns.
Chapin is a team with a chance to crack the Top 10 again. The Eagles placed seventh last year. Thomas Fitzpatrick and Heath Lorick are solid distance runners, and the 4x800 relay team comes in with the top qualifying time. Weight man Mason Zandi will be in direct competition with Duckett for high honors in the shot put and discus events.