At first, Heather Jewell was scared. But in the end, it was all worth it..
The St. James standout pole vaulter placed eighth out of 37 competitors in the event at the Taco Bell Classic, which featured over 100 schools from North and South Carolina. Jewell recorded a personal best of 10 feet, 1/2 inches.
“For her, it was exactly what we wanted to get out of it [placing eightth],” St. James track and field coach Ken McSorley said.
For Jewell, competing individually made it a little tougher.
“Today was the biggest meet that I’ve ever been to, 37 girls; I was really scared,” she said. “I was pretty much petrified and I came to Spring Valley without the rest of my team, so it was definitely a really scary thing.”
Jewell is aiming to improve on her third-place finish at the 2012 Class AAA state championships this spring.
“I’m really dedicated. I would love nothing more than to win state this year,” she said.
However, finding competition on the Strand at times can be tough as just three area schools compete in the event.
Finding a way to practice wasn’t easy, either.
“We kind of got creative and moved our pole vaulting pit to a small driveway behind the school, and we’ve just made the best of that all year,” McSorley said. “Now the weather has gotten good, and she’s getting back into the rhythm, and she’s looking forward to state qualifying and state finals; she just wants to be right up there in the top two, top three where she should be. Hopefully [she’ll be] contending for number 1.”
Colin Hering, Ted Blackman and Alex Buccilli each drove in two runs as Coastal (23-12, 9-2 Big South) won its eighth straight game.
CCU women’s track and field
Coastal Carolina’s Jessica Gelibert broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Chanticleer Classic, while CCU alumnus Amber Campbell reached the A standard in the hammer throw for the world championships.
Gelibert won the event in a school- and conference-record 58.25, and Campbell made a toss of 239-3, which ranks fifth in the world to automatically qualify for the world championships.
The women had 11 other winners: Erica Peake (100, 11.41; long jump, 18-61/2), Qwontajah Thompson (200, 24.52), Sharmaine Barnes (400, 57.06), LaChelsie Thomas (800, 2:19.25), Ashley Davis (100 hurdles, 13.98), Amirah Al-Bayyinah (triple jump, 38-81/4), Jalacy Green (shot put, 40-2) and Mary Lawrence (pole vault, 12-11/2).
CCU men’s track and field
The Coastal Carolina men’s track and field team had five winners in the Chanticleer Classic.
DeAndra Lipscomb won the 400 (48.18), Desmond Wallace won the 110-meter hurdles (14.48), Brinson Corn won the pole vault (14-31/4), Jordan Roach won the discus (164-10) and the 400-meter relay team – Ronnie Jackson, Wilson, Hackett-Greene and Eric Brown – won (41.07).
High school baseball
• W–Bubba Martin (3-0). L–TJ Wilkie. S–Kyle Smith (4).
• W–Jordan Gore (4-0). L–Jacob Watcher. Top hitters – Sumter: Phillip Watcher 2-2, Jacob Watch 1-3, RBI. Conway: Jordan Gore 2-3, 3 runs, Colby Ard 1-2, RBI, Dylan Jordan 1-3, RBI.
High school softball
•Socastee 3, (at) North Myrtle Beach 2
| Rebekah Oakley drove in Sierrah McCarthy on a game-winning single as the Braves edged the Chiefs.
Kibibi Thorsen picked up the win as she struck out three and scattered four hits in seven innings for Socastee. Taylor Hansis received the loss, but struck out 10 in a complete game effort.
• W–Kibibi Thorsen (5-4). L–Taylor Hansis. Top hitters – SOC: Rebekah Oakley 2-4, RBI, R; Madison Lowe 1-2, 2 RBI; Sierrah McCarthy 1-3, R. NMB: M. Gore 1-2, C. Roberts 1-3, 2B; S. Lewis 1-3, 2B, RBI; R. Newman 1-3, 2B, RBI.
Records – Socastee 13-8, 6-2 Region VII-AAA.
• W–Casey Betts (6-2). L–Angel Hatzidakis. Top hitters – SJ: Hannah Price 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 R; Rebecca Prosser 3-5, 2 RBIs, R; Kelsi Bachmann 2-5, 3 R; Morgan Marlow 1-4, 4 RBI, HR, 2 R. MB: E. Ballard 2-3; K. Mendolia 1-3.
• Records – St. James 14-3, 7-1 Region VII-AAA