Local athletes reach finals of Beach Run Invitational

With more than 1,000 athletes from 56 schools and 11 different states competing in this weekend’s Beach Run Invitational, top finishes for local teams in Friday’s qualifying were hard to come by.

But several Grand Strand athletes stood out in their respective events and put themselves in position for spots atop the podium in Saturday’s finals, particularly in the 1600 meter run.

Carolina Forest’s Jesse Herrera placed second in the boys event with a time of 4:49.80, and three local girls – St. James’ Samantha Cunningham (5:52.66) and Socastee’s Beka Booth (5:55.47) and Jill Dudley (5:56.18) placed fourth through sixth places to earn spots in Saturday’s finals.

Other local top qualifiers include: Boys 110 hurdles, 3rd, Marshawn Scott, North Myrtle Beach, 15:43; Boys 800 meter run, 3rd, Billy Krier, St. James, 2:00; Boys pole vault, 5th, Donnie Tucker, St. James, 10-6; and the Boys 200 meter dash, 6th, D’Andre Wilson, Myrtle Beach, 22.20.

The finals are being held throughout the day Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium with the awards ceremony scheduled to take place at 4 p.m.

Photo by Ranicer Photography

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