Track & Field: Locals claim spots at Lower State meets

Several Grand Strand track and field athletes punched their tickets to the SCHSL State Championships by qualifying in the top eight of their events at the Class 4A and 5A Lower State Qualifiers over the weekend.

In the Class 5A meet at Spring Valley High in Columbia, Socastee saw a couple of runner-up finishes as defending state champion Brianna Young placed second in discus (134-11) and Kenney Solomon was second in the 100 meters (10.74).

Solomon also placed eighth in the 200 meters (22.34) to earn a spot in the field, and Bricen Nguyen finished seventh in the 400 hurdles (57-10) to advance to states. Carolina Forest’s Bryce Crawford placed sixth in the shot put (50-07).

In the Class 4A meet at Sumter, St. James’ Ka’Mauri Humes also qualified for both sprint events, finishing fifth in 200 meters (25.38) and seventh in the 100 meters (12.38). Teammates Anna Stoddard and Denver Caton, along with North Myrtle Beach’s Emily Barbosa, all finished in an eight-way tie for first in the pole vault with jumps of 8-6. Also for the NMB girls, Jenna Downey sixth in 800 meters (2:25.17)

In boys action, St. James’ Chris Anderson won the boys pole vault (11-06), Jayson Brady qualified sixth in the 1600 meters (4:32.60), and Kyle Bailey was eighth in 800 meters (2:01.64).
Myrtle Beach’s Chris Brown placed fourth in the discus (136-0), and the North Myrtle Beach boys finished fourth in the 4×800 meter relay (8:21.70).

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