All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silver

The frontrunners in this year’s My Horry News All-County Girls Track & Field Team took advantage of second chances to capture second-place finishes in the Class 4A State Championships.

St. James sophomore sprinter Ka’Mauri Humes was named the Girls Track Athlete of the Year after finishing runner-up in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100 meters at the state meet, exactly one year after she missed her opportunity for health reasons.

“Last year I had a seizure right before states and I wasn’t able to run,” said Humes, who owns school records in the 100, 200 and 400. “I went to the doctor and had brain scans to find out what was wrong. I’m on medication to control it. … When I got to states this time, it meant a lot to me since I couldn’t run last year. I knew I had to make the most of it.”

Girls Field Athlete of the Year Emily Barbosa had a similar experience in 2017. As a dual track and field athlete, Barbosa was forced to drop out of the pole vault event s she could compete with the Lady Chiefs’ relay team on the track. The senior finally got her second shot this season, posting a school record jump of 10 feet to finish runner-up in the state.

“I made 8 feet and they were raising the bar to 8-6 in the next round. I really wanted to give it a shot but I had to run in a relay and they couldn’t wait for me to get back,” Barbosa recalled in a recent Athlete of the Week interview. “Most of the girls who do the pole vault only do the pole vault. I was the only one that had to leave.”

This year’s All-County Boys Track & Field standouts have something in common with the girls’ award-winners – motivation for a second chance in 2019. Socastee rising senior Kenney Solomon dominated the sprint events in the Lower State all year but had a disappointing showing at states. He was disqualified in the 100 meters and settled for seventh in the 200.

Boys Field Athlete of the Year Chris Anderson of St. James fell just inches shy of capturing the state championship in the pole vault. He set the school record with a leap of 12 feet, which was good for fifth place in Class 4A. The rising senior returns to try to take it to the next level next season.

St. James also produced both Coaches of the Year – Lady Sharks coach Kenneth McSorely and boys coach Jacob Scheuer. The two teams finished 16th and 17th in the state, respectively.

ALL-COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAMS

GIRLS

Track Athlete of the Year – Ka’Mauri Humes, St. James

Field Athlete of the Year – Emily Barbosa, North Myrtle Beach

Coach of the Year – Kenneth McSorley, St. James

Aynor – Bailey Johnson

Carolina Forest – Kayla Watkins

Conway – Keniah Wallace

Green Sea Floyds – Kirsten Causey

Loris – Teeyanna Long

Myrtle Beach – Altronisha Williams

North Myrtle Beach – Jenna Downey

Socastee – Brianna Young

St. James – Denver Caton

BOYS

Track Athlete of the Year – Kenney Solomon, Socastee

Field Athlete of the Year – Chris Anderson, St. James

Coach of the Year – Jacob Scheuer, St. James

Aynor – Asher Patino

Carolina Forest – Bryce Crawford

Conway – Rakim Bellamy

Green Sea Floyds – Quiston Graham

Loris – Andrew Wilson

Myrtle Beach – Chris Brown

North Myrtle Beach – Marcelous Livingston

Socastee – Bricen Nguyen

St. James – Jayson Brady

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