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Camden qualifies 16 athletes into AAA state qualifying meet in Seneca

Posted: May 4, 2017 3:04 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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CAMDEN’S JULIA KEEN will compete in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races in Saturday’s AAA state qualifier at Seneca High School.

The Camden High girls’ finished second in the Region 4-AAA Track and Field Championships held at the Camden High School Sports Complex.  

The Lady Bulldogs took second behind Indian Land. Columbia, Fairfield Central and Chester rounded out the finishing order. Along with their second place finish, seven athletes qualified for Saturday’s AAA state qualifier in Seneca.  

 The following Lady Bulldogs will compete in Seneca: Staci Sumpter in the 200 meter race, Julia Keen in both the 1,600 and the 3,200 meter races and Heather Woolard in the 800 meter race. In field events, Woolard qualified in both the long jump and the triple jump, Zy’ Aja Cook in the high jump, Tajz Bradley in both the long jump and the triple jump, Amearia Houston in both shot put and discus and Destiny Hunt in discus.

Along with advancing to the state qualifier meet, CHS senior Tajz Bradley was the Region 4-3A champion in both the long jump and the triple jump, setting a new Camden High School record in the triple jump with her jump of 34-2.  Woolard, a junior, also set a new school record in the 800 meter race with her time of 2:36.  

Other Lady Bulldogs achieving either a season’s or personal best at the region meet included:  Abriana McDowell (19.39), Nyla Jackson (19.41), Katelyn Stevens (19.5) and Madison Neal (21.24) in the 100 meter hurdles; S’bria Steele (1:24) in the 400 meter hurdles; Woolard (2:36) and Mashylla Murphy (2:55) in the 800 meter race; Hunt (64-4) in the discus; Shai Grant (21-1) in the shot put and Bradley (34-2) in the triple jump.

Nine Bulldogs are Seneca-bound: Nine CHS boys athletes advanced to Saturday’s state qualifier in Seneca in 10 events at the Region 4-3A meet.  

As a team, the Bulldogs placed third in the conference meet behind Indian Land and Fairfield Central, followed by Chester and Columbia. 

Shymeik Corbett and Damari James both qualified for the 100 meter race, with Corbett also qualifying in the 200 meter race. Garrett Lawson qualified for both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter race.  Also qualifying in the 3,200 meter event was Sam Messinides. Darrion Clay qualified in both the 110 and the 400 meter hurdle races. Qualifying in pole vault was senior and defending AAA state champion Lindsay Pierce. Jericho Murphy and Lance McCray both qualified in the triple jump while Donovan Engram qualified in both shot put and discus. 

 Several Bulldog athletes are now Region 4 champions in their events: Lawson in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, Clay in the 110 hurdles, Pierce in pole vault, Murphy in the triple jump and Engram in the discus. Lawson also set a new CHS standard in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:50.

Having either a season’s or a personal best at the region meet were the following athletes: Clay (17.22) and Natron Smith (20.11) in the 110 meter hurdles; Corbett (11.66), Damari James (11.79), and ZaeQuan Norris (11.9) in the 100 meter dash; Lawson (4:50), Pavlos Patoulas (5:35), and Caden Ralph (5:43) in the 1,600 meter race; ZaeQuan Norris (55.33) in the 400 meter run; Clay (1:08) and Smith (1:12) in the 400 meter hurdles; Ben Watson (2:26) and Xzavier Downing (2:28) in the 800 meter run; Corbett (23.35) and James (24.08) in the 200 meter run; Engram (40’3), Jyheem Macklin (31’7), and Khalique Carter (26’7) in the shot put; Lance McCray (19’1) in the long jump and Murphy (42’1) and McCray (38’6) in the triple jump.

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