High School Sports

Watts bags another pole vault title as Demons crack Top 10 at state

Lugoff-Elgin’s tradition of excellence in the pole vault event was again in evidence Saturday at the Class 3A state boys track and field championship meet at Harry Parone Stadium.

Junior Johnathan Watts claimed his second straight title with a vault of 13-6. Watts and two vaulting teammates accounted for 17 of L-E’s 26 team points as the Demons finished eighth, cracking the Top 10 for the third year in a row.

Watts, who won the 2007 title with a 14-0, now has the chance to become L-E’s first three-time pole vault champion and take a shot at the school record of 15-0 set at the 1979 2A finals by Blake Hawkey, who was the first in a long line of Demon champions in the event. For the record, 10 of the program’s all-time 25 state gold medals have come from eight different vaulters. Watts became the school’s the schools first two-time pole vault champion since Danny Strawderman pulled it off in 1982-83.

Sophomore Dustin Branham and freshman Will Myers back Watts by finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Chris Minger chipped in with a third-place finish in the discus and L-E’s 3200 relay team finished sixth.