Lower State gold for Krier, Montgomery, Livingston

Myrtle Beach senior Jack Montgomery, North Myrtle Beach senior Jaquella Livingston and St. James senior Billy Krier captured first place in their respective events at Saturday’s Class 3A Lower State Track and Field Championships at Lower Richland High School.

Montgomery broke the tape in the boys 400 hurdles with a time of 56.29 seconds, easily qualifying for next weekend’s Class 3A State Championships in Columbia. He beat runner-up Jermaine Turner of Belton-Honea Path by nearly a full second (57.26).

Livingston had a big day at the Lower State meet, qualifying for three events. In addition to tying for first in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, she also took fifth in the 400 meter hurdles and seventh in the long jump (16-3).

Krier won the 800 meters (1:57.22), and fellow St. James senior Heather Jewell placed fourth in the girls pole vault (9-0). Also in Class 3A, Socastee’s girls 4×800 meter relay finished fourth (10:33.83).

In Class 4A, Carolina Forest’s Lisa Pieterse finished second in the girls 3200 meters with a time of 11:27.93 and Christina Wright also qualified by taking sixth in the high jump. Conway’s Raven Grant qualified in two events by finishing sixth in both the girls 100 and 200.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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