Grant, Pieterse win medals at state track and field meet

mbtf-brownTen Grand Strand athletes competed in Saturday’s Class 3A/4A Track and Field Championships at Spring Valley High in Columbia, and Conway’s Raven Grant and Carolina Forest’s Lisa Pieterse took the medal stand  in their respective events.

The junior Grant sprinter captured the silver medal in the Class 4A Girls 200 meters (24.10 seconds) and finished third in the 100 meters (12.06). Carolina Forest distance runner Lisa Pieterse also finished third in the 3200 meters (11:17.24) to lead the area in highest placers.

Other top finishers among the girls were fifth-place Alexis Leonhardt of North Myrtle Beach in the high jump (5-0); seventh-place Drake Jenerette of NMB in the 1600 meters (5:35.37), and seventh Kayla Watkins of Carolina Forest in the long jump (17-1.5).

On the boys side, Myrtle Beach’s Cordell Brown and Juwan Butler-Stephens of Carolina Forest earned fourth-place finishes in their respective events. Brown’s shot put of 48 feet, 11.5 inches and Butler-Stephens’ high jump of 6-foot-4 led all local male athletes.

St. James freshman Trey Myers had a nice showing with an sixth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (59.20 ), Ethan Epstein of Myrtle Beach was seventh in the 3200 meters (10:01.36); and Jake Loud of St. James took eighth in the shot pot (41-04).

It was an otherwise subpar showing for local teams. In Class 4A, the Carolina Forest girls were the highest placers at 22nd overall, while the Panthers took 33rd. In Class 3A, the Socastee and North Myrtle Beach girls tied for 25th overall, while the Seahawks (27th) and Sharks (31st) rounded out the boys.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story ran with combined 3A/4A positions. The current version has the corrected finishing places by class.

Photo courtesy of SCHSL

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