High School Sports

Rebels strike relay gold at state for first time in 20 years

Sophomore Clarence Turner scored in two individual events and ran the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay to lead Mid-Carolina headline the Rebels story at the Class 2A state track meet at Lower Richland.

It was the first Top 10 showing by the Rebels boys team since 2005, and the relay win was the first for a M-C foursome in 20 years, dating back to a 400 relay win in 1989.

In addition to the gold medal Turner earned along with junior Jared Homesley, and seniors David Meetz and Clay Hughes, he picked up a bronze prize for a third-place finish in the 100. Turner was seventh in the 200.

The Rebels earned 30 points at the season finale, good for a seventh-place tie with Eau Claire. It was the first Top 10 state finish for M-C since 2005.

The rest of the scoring came from a sixth-place finish in the 1600 relay and a seventh-place effort by senior Jesse Hill in the pole vault.

Three of the program’s four relay state titles in the modern era (since 1971) have been in the 4x100. The winning time this year was 43.13. M-C’s previous 400 relay triumphs clocked in at 43.43 in 1989 and 42.72 in 1983.