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Pierce vaults his way to a state title

Posted: May 20, 2016 9:29 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2016 9:26 a.m.
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LINDSAY PIERCE BECAME CAMDEN’S first state champion in the pole vault when he won the AAA title last Friday night at Spring Valley High School.

Well before it was his turn to grab the pole and make his way to the track to compete in Friday evening’s AAA state championship, Camden High junior pole vaulter Lindsay Pierce told Bulldogs coach Daniel Sisk that he thought Friday was going to be his day.

That conversation came earlier that day during Sisk’s gym class of which Pierce is a part.

Friday turned out to be not only Pierce’s day but he owned that night as the junior jumped to the AAA state pole vault championship by clearing the bar at 13-6.

It was the first state title in the event for a Bulldog whose team did not start seriously competing in the pole vault until a pole vault pit was part of Camden’s track and field complex which opened in 2013.

Pierce qualified for Friday’s state championship event with a fourth-place finish at the AAA state qualifier held at Lower Richland High School on May 7. That came the morning after Pierce started at second base for the Camden High baseball team in the AAA District 1 baseball championship round game at Belton-Honea Path.

In order to qualify for the state meet, Pierce went 12 feet on his final try in which he cleared the bar with ease.

In the state event, held at Spring Valley High School’s Harry Parone Stadium, all but three vaulters had been eliminated after the bar had been placed at 13 feet. When it was raised to 13-6, Pierce cleared it on his first try. He was the only one of the three, which included Sam Blumer of Eastside and Thomas Hales of Chapin, to do so. When neither of the trio could successfully clear 14 feet, Pierce won on a tie-breaker in which the first vaulter to clear the top height of 13-6 earned the state championship.


Cummings fifth in 4A: Lugoff-Elgin’s Ali Cummings finished fifth in the state in the 4A triple jump competition.

Cummings, a senior, had a best jump of 46 feet in Friday’s competition which was won by D.J. Ledell of River Bluff who went 48-04.50.


Dunlap seventh in AA events: North Central High School freshman Jasmine Dunlap came in seventh in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash in Saturday’s AA state championship at Spring Valley.

Dunlap was clocked in a time of 17.66 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles which was won by Waccamaw’s Briey Arnold in a time of 16.16 seconds. Dunlap ran a 1:05.89 in the 400-meter dash which was won by Anastasia Kinlaw of Timberland in 59.07 seconds.


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