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Mingo leads CHS contingent into state track and field meet

Posted: May 14, 2015 10:40 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Derek Lawson/

OMAR MINGO ACHIEVED National Elite Athlete Status with a leap of 45-feet and four inches in last Saturday’s AAA state qualifying meet at Lower Richland High School.

Saturday was the perfect day for records to be broken and Camden High athletes shattered three of them at the AAA state track and field qualifier contested at Lower Richland High School.

At the end of the day, a pair of Bulldogs and two Lady Bulldogs had earned their spots in this weekend’s AAA state championships to be held at Harry Parone Stadium at Spring Valley High School beginning today.

Senior Omar Mingo jumped to a new personal and school record in taking second place in the triple jump with a leap of 45-04.00, which earned him the status of a National Elite Athlete. Teammate Lindsay Pierce securely made the field for states by finishing sixth in the pole vault by clearing the bar as 12 feet.

In the girls’ portion of the meet, the Lady Bulldogs’ Tajz Bradley took fifth place in the long jump with a leap of 16-00.2. In the high jump, Makaila Allen took first place with a five-foot jump.

Former school standards in the 4 x 800-meter relay and the 4 x 100-meter relay went by the wayside in the girls’ meet.

The Lady Bulldog 4 x 800-meter team of Caroline Woolard, Kadrea Furgeson, Deniah Arthur, and Abby McLaughlin shaved 17 seconds off their former best time setting a new personal record and new school record time of 10:53.29.

Also setting a new team personal and new school record was 4 x 100-relay squad made up of Staci Sumpter, Deniah Arthur, Makaila Allen, and Tajz Bradley which was clocked in 51.71.

Other strong performances registered by CHS athletes on Saturday included Carlos Williams’ new personal record in the 400-meter dash of 51.40. In the 200-meter dash, Williams’ time was 23.25. Welton Cauthen competed in the high jump with a height of 5-06 and in the long jump, Mingo landed a 20-09.00 jump.

Heather Woolard competed in both the long jump and triple jump with best distances of 14-06.50 and 31-10, respectively, while Darlasia Salmond ran the 200-meter dash and was clocked in 1:03.80.

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