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CHS girls win, boys second in own invitational

Posted: March 5, 2018 3:00 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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STACI SUMPTER HELPED CAMDEN win both the 4 x 100- and 4 x 400-meter relay races on Saturday.

Camden High received a 1-2 finish from its girls’ and boys’ track teams in Saturday’s fourth annual Bulldog Invitational at the Camden High Track and Field Complex. 

More than 400 spectators were in attendance to watch 245 high school athletes compete in track and field events. 

The Lady Bulldogs took first place with a score of 102 points in a field of competition that included Lancaster (80), Darlington (61), Hartsville (61) and Crestwood (22.5).

Camden’s Staci Sumpter won the 200-meter dash (28.02) and was third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.45.  Deniah Arthur also brought in a first place finish in the 400 meters (1:06) and a third place finish at 800 meters (2:53) for the Lady Bulldogs. 

Both the CHS 4 x 100-meter relay team --- Sumpter, Arthur, Heather Woolard and Nyla Jackson (55.45) --- and the 4 x 400-meter relay team --- Sumpter, Carleigh Vaughn, Imani Wyatt and Arthur (4:29) --- earned first place finishes. 

Other top finishers in the track events for CHS included: Vaughn, second in both the 100 (28.80) and the 400-meter (1:10) dashes; 4 x 800-meter relay team --- -McKenzie Taylor, Megan Goodrich, Julia Keen and Eleni Patoulas --- third place (12:19); Keen, second place in 3,200-meter run (14:32) and Wyatt, who won the 400-meter hurdles. 

In the field events, Woolard won the long jump with a personal best jump of 16-01.00.  She also had a second place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 33-11.00.  Zyaja Cook took second place for high jump as she cleared the bar at 4-06.00.

The Bulldogs finished second with 70 points behind Lancaster, which had 107. Crestwood (68), Hartsville (63), Darlington (30) and North Central (4) rounded out the scoring.

 Camden’s Garrett Lawson took the 3,200 meter run (11:13) and was second in the 1,600 meter race at 4:58.  Also posting second-place finishes for the Dogs was Sam Messinides with a time of 11:20 in the 3,200-meter run. The 4 x 800-meter relay team of Garrett Lawson, Sam Messinides, Pavlos Patoulas and Caden Ralph won in a time of 9:09. 

Other CHS athletes having a top-three finish in a track events included Shymeik Corbett, second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.76; Zae’Qwan Norris, third in the 400-meter dash (56:08) and Joseph Byrnes who took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a clocking of 1:10.

In the field events, Norris tied for first in the high jump with a leap of 5-5.00.  Byrnes (8-06.00) and Chris Titus tied for second in the pole vault, both clearing the bar at 7-6.

The following Camden athletes posted a personal best in their events on Saturday: Corbett (100 meters), Norris (100 meter), Lance McCray (100 meters), Landon Goodwin (200 meters) and Patoulas (1,600 and 3,200 meter races). 

The Camden High track and field program would like to thank Chick-Fil-A of Camden, Candy’s at the Granary, HiFalutin’, KM Video Productions, Sam Kendall’s, the Camden Bulldog Club and all Bulldog track and field coaches and volunteers for helping make Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational a successful athletic event.

Camden will return to action on Wednesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. with a home meet which includes the Camden Military Academy, McBee and Brookland-Cayce.

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