Track & Field: MB’s Epstein strikes gold; SJ duo shines

mbxc-epsteinlsMyrtle Beach senior Ethan Epstein captured the state championship in the 3200 meters, and a pair of St. James athletes had banner days at the Class 3A Track & Field Championships at Spring Valley High on Saturday.

After several solid runs in track and cross country in recent years, Epstein finally broke the tape in his last try for a gold medal. He completed the 3200 meters in a time of 9:44.95. Teammate Christopher Weston earned all-state honors by finishing eighth in the high jump (6-0).

St. James had the most all-state performers among local boys and girls, led by juniors Trey Myers and Alexus Alston. He finished second in the 400 hurdles (54.32), only .06 seconds behind gold, and fifth in the 110 hurdles (15:30). Teammate Jelin Bellamy eighth in the 400 (50.66).

Alston placed second in the 400 hurdles (1:07.34), fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.49) and seventh in both the 100 meter (12.64) and triple jump (33-11). Teammates Felicity Weber finished fifth in the pole vault (9-0), and eighth-grader Ka’Mauri Humes was seventh the in 200 meters (25.66).

Also in Class 3A girls, North Myrtle Beach captured sixth in the 4×100 relay (50.60).

In Class 4A, Carolina Forest’s Dyverse Simmons placed fifth in the long jump (21-8.75), and Conway’s Raiqwon O’Neal Thompson placed seventh in the shot put (45-11) and discus (136-1).

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