Grant, Pieterse, Gore strike Beach Run Invitational gold

cftrack-pieterse3Conway High sprinter Raven Grant, Carolina Forest distance runner and St. James pole vaulter Valerie Gore claimed gold medals at Saturday’s Beach Run Invitational at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Grant won the 200 meters (24.78), placed second in the 100 meters (12.44) and led the Lady Tigers to a runner-up finish in the 4×100 relay (50.04). Socastee’s girls took third in the 4×800 relay (10:38.96).

Pieterse won a pair of medals for winning the 3200 meter run (11:27.88) and taking third in the 1600 meters (5:22.88). Carolina Forest teammate Kayla Watkins also made the medal stand with a third-place showing in the long jump (16-4).

Gore cleared the bar at 8-6 to take the gold and teammate Felecity Webber joined her on the medal stand for a third-place showing in the same event (7-6). Webber also took second in the 2000 steeplechase (10:00.45), finishing just ahead of third-place Meghan Smith (10:05.65).

The local boys team didn’t fare as well in an event that drew track and field athletes from all over the Southeast and East Coast. Myrtle Beach’s Marquis Green captured second in the long jump (20-9) and teammate J.T. Schexnayder placed third in the 3200 meters (10:07.57). North Myrtle Beach’s Richard Falke finished second in the pole vault (10-0).

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