High School Sports

Midlands athletes enjoy competition at Taco Bell Classic

Saturday at Harry Parone Stadium was a long day for thousands of track and field athletes, including Arlicia Bush.

The Ridge View senior, who signed recently with Virginia Tech, said the 24th annual Taco Bell Classic meant for a long day of running and waiting, but the experience was well worth it.

“The resting period was like, short-ish, I didn’t feel like I had enough rest period,” Bush said. “But I just ran my races. I love the competition. It motivates me and pushes me. It puts me in a good mindset for college.”

Bush ran the 200 and the 400, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays Saturday. She took third in the 400 with a time of 55.01, and eighth in the 200 with a time of 25.06.

Ridge View’s 4x100 relay finished fourth with a time of 47.95. The 4x400 team topped off the night with a 6th-place finish at 4:04.20, edging Blythewood’s seventh-place time of 4:05.26.

Bush’s teammate, Johnaida Eliscar, ran in the team’s 4x800 relay team that finished 24th Friday. On Saturday, she finished 11th in the 400 with a time of 57.91.

“I came back today and ran a PR (personal record) of 57,” Eliscar said. “In the 4x4, I ran a 57 sprint again, so I was pretty pleased.”

Blythewood junior Claudia Cannon said she was at the stadium from the early morning until the boys 4x400 relay took place after 9 p.m.

“It was a fun day, and it was a lot of good competition,” Cannon said. “Smaller meets aren’t as competitive as today was. It was really good to have more people to chase and catch.”

Keenan Javis arrived at the stadium around noon for the long jump. The Westwood senior’s flight was the last of the night, and he walked off the field nearly 10 hours later with a fifth-place medal to show after his 22-feet, 2.5-inch effort.

“It turned out pretty good,” said Javis, who is looking to attend Coastal Carolina in the fall. “The competition makes us better. It pushes us. You can ask any of the other jumpers. It pushes us to do better. There’s a lot of competition from outside the state.”

Dutch Fork’s Rory Gallman took second in the shot put with a distance of 54-08.

Providence High (N.C.)’s Anna Cockrell, whoo took first in the 100 hurdles earlier in the day, set a meet record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.77. The previous record was held by Ryann Krais (58.96) set in 2008. Cockrell’s time was the fastest in the U.S.this year.

Grayson’sboys 4x100 team set a meet record with their top finish, coming in at 40.93 seconds to shatter the previous record of 41.29 set by Redan High School in 2005. Newton’s team also surpassed that 2005 mark, coming in second at 41.00.

In field events, Carson Dingler of Macon set a meet record in the pole vault with a 13-foot, 8-inch attempt. Dingler’s vault shattered the previous record of 12-07 set by Thornwell’s Sara Young of Thornwell in 2003.

Newton’s boys team won the event with 54 points. The Elizabeth Seton girls won with 33 points.


*area team placers within the top 12 noted


100: Darrell Singleton, West Ashley (10.48). 200: Elija Goodwin, Newton (21.21). 110 High Hurdles Marcus Krah, Hillside (14.02). 400: Elija Goodwin, Newton (47.81). Bradford Smith, Lexington, 11th (50.17). 400 Hurdles: Infinite Tucker, Huntington (53.72). Kaden Briggs, Westwood, 11th (57.32). 800: Devin Dixon, Eagles Land (1:53.06). 1600: David Savic, Marietta (4:17.93). 3200: Wynn Johnson, Dorman (29:18.29). 4x100: Grayson (40.93). Blythewood, ninth (42.85). 4x400: Huntingon (3:22.13). 4x800: Weddington (8:05.20). Lexington, 11th (8:21.12). High Jump: Frankie Thomas, Mauldin (6-6). Javondi Myers, Spring Valley, second (6-6); Jordan Bruner, seventh (6-2). Long Jump: Denzell Harper, Stevenson (23-1.5). Keenan Javis, Westwood, fifth (22-2.5). Triple Jump: Shameek Miller, Berry Academy (46-11.50). Ali Cummings, Lugoff-Elgin, fourth (46-04.00). Javondi Myers, Spring Valley, 10th (44-02.00). Jacory Patterson, Dreher, 12th (43-11). Discus: Mason Poteat, Draughn (174-10). Thai Wood, Lugoff-Elgin, 11th (138-03). Phillip Fleming, Lower Richland, 12th (137-11). Shot Put: Zachary Farmer, Hunt (54-09.0). Rory Gallman, Dutch Fork, second (54-08). Pole Vault: Frederick Bailey, Marvin Ridge (15-6).


100: Amecia Pennamon, Mary Persons (11.85). Sharnae Alston, Blythewood, seventh (12.36). Dutch Fork, eighth (12.36). 200: Amecia Pennamon, Mary Persons (24.32). Rebakah Smith Dutch Fork, seventh (25.05). Arlicia Bush, Ridge View, Eighth (25.06). 100 High Hurdles: Anna Cockrell, Providence (13.61). 400: Sammy Watson, Rush-Henrietta (53.83). Arlicia Bush, Ridge View third, (55.01). Johnaida Eliscar, Ridge View, 11th (57.91). 400 Hurdles: Anna Cockrell, Providence (57.77). 800: Sammy Watson, Rush-Henrietta (2:12.87). Kathleen Allden, Dreher, ninth (2:22.29). 1600: Ana Marian Bloch, Athens Academy (4:58:04). 3200: Lindsay Billings, Northview (10:36.26). 4x100: Nansemond River (47.02). Ridge View, fourth (47.95). 4x400: Bullis (3:51.79). Ridge View, sixth (4:04.20). Blythewood, seventh (4:05.26). 4x800: E.C. Glass (9:32.68).. High Jump: Kenya Livingston, Rocky River (5-6). Long Jump: DaLoria Boone, John Milledge (19-1.50). Triple Jump: Alexis Farley, Starr’s Mill (39-07.25). Taylor McGruder, Hammond, eighth (36-09.50). Rebekah Smith, Dutch Fork, 9th (36-08.50). Discus: Khayla Dawson, Olympic (146-05.00). Paris West, White Knoll, eighth. Shot Put: Khayla Dawson, Olympic (47-09.50). Paris West, White Knoll, ninth (38-0). Tylayshia West, Batesburg-Leesville, 12th (37-00.50). Pole Vault: Carson Dingler, FPDS Macon, (13-08).