Lower Richland ran away with the Region 4-3A boys track and field championship last week in preparation for Saturday’s Class 3A state qualifying meet on home turf. The LR oval will also be the site of the state championship meets in four classifications on May 8.
South Aiken, meanwhile, blew away the competition at the Region 5-3A meet at Memorial Stadium, finishing with a whopping 138-point winning margin over runner-up Dreher.
LR finished with 215.5 points, well ahead of Chapin’s second-place total of 163.5 points.
The Diamond Hornets and Eagles pretty much split the first-place spoils. LR dominated in the sprints, and the sprint relays s, while Chapin ruled the distance events. The contenders were on equal terns in the field events.
Lower Richland’s Devin Wannamaker was the star of the gathering with four individual wins. Wannamaker prevailed in the 100- and 200-meter runs and swept the 100 and 400 hurdles. He had plenty of scoring support in the sprints and hurdles. LR, in fact, accounted for 10 of the 15 Top 3 sports in the five events
The Diamond Hornets also ruled in the 400 and 1600 relay races.
Chris White added two more gold medals to the LR haul with wins in the long and triple jump events.
The bulk of Chapin’s points came in the distance events. Eagles runners claimed the top two spots in the 800, the top four in the 1600, the top three in the 3200 and breezed to a win in the 3200 relay. Thomas Fitzpatrick was the 800 champion, Heath Lorick was first in the 1600 and second in the 3200 and Carson Barnes won the 3200 and was second in the 800 and 1600.
In the field events, Grant Cox was the high jump winner and Tony Downs swept the throws.
Lugoff-Elgin’s high was in the pole vault where Will Myers and Zack Connel both went 11-0. Myers was declared the winner based on fewer misses.
The Midlands highlight at the Region 5-3A meet was the performance by young Dreher sprinter Brandon Sanders, who breezed to wins in the 100, 200 and 400. The Blue Devils also picked up a win in the 3200 relay.
Aiport finished third in the team standings and came away with four gold medals. Jamie Sires ruled in the 1600 and 3200. Deonne Hopkins had a good day in the sprints, finishing second behind Sanders in the 100 and 200, and helping Airport to a win in the 400 relay.
Chris Rumph was the Brookland-Cayce star, taking first place in the high jump.