Batesburg-Leesville’s girls track team had its best-ever performance at the state track meet last weekend at Harry Parone Stadium, ringing up 46 points on the way to a fourth-place finish.
Eau Claire’s Omar Shariff was the Midlands individual star at the 2A finals, coming away with one gold and two silver medals while leading the Shamrocks to a sixth-place team finish.
B-L’s previous high score at state was 34 points in 1999, which netted a fifth-place spot in the final standings. The Panthers also had a fifth-place effort in 1997. Junior Megan Goodson was the driving force for B-L by scoring in four individual events, including a win in the 100-meter race that got things going. Goodson also scored in the long and triple jumps and in the 100 hurdles. Eighth-grader Teresa Morris chipped in in two individual events and on one relay team.
Individually, Eau Claire’s Chamondra Pickett was third in the 200, Pelion’s Nevada Minard was third in the 3200 and ran on a third-place 3200 relay team and Gilbert’s Victoria Rivera with two medals – silver (long jump) and bronze (triple jump).
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Shariff, who was the 2A cross country champ in the fall, ruled the distance races in the spring, as well. The EC junior was first in the 3200, second in the 1600 and ran on the Shamrocks’ runner-up 3200 relay team.
Pelion had two bronze medal winners on the boys side – Aubrey Hite (3200) and Terry Davis (triple jump).