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Woolard gets third place in first girls’ pentathlon event

Posted: March 13, 2017 3:35 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Derek Lawson/

CAMDEN’S TAJZ BRADLEY JUMPED her way to first place in the long jump at the Camden Business Alliance Bulldog Invitational held on March 4.

Heather Woolard helped the Camden High girls’ track team by recording a new school record at Golden Corner Invitational held Saturday at Seneca High School.  

Woolard competed in the inaugural pentathlon competition in a South Carolina Track and Field meet. The pentathlon consists of five events which test speed, strength and endurance:  high jump, shot put, long jump, hurdles and the 800-meter race.  

Woolard came in third in the event and set a new Camden High record during the 800-meter leg of competition, running at a 2:36 final pace. 

Lawson sweeps up at Camden Business Alliance Bulldog Invitational: Garrett Lawson swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the Camden Business Alliance Bulldog Invitational track meet held on March 4 at the Camden High Track and Field Complex.

The one-day event had teams from Crestwood, Darlington, Hartsville, Lancaster, and North Central high schools joining the host Bulldogs. A total of 293 athletes and more than 300 spectators competed  in and attended, respectively, the event.

Lawson, a Camden High junior, ran the 1,600 meters in a CHS record time of 4:56 before doubling in the distance events by taking the 3,200-meter race in a clocking of 11:07. CHS senior Lindsay Pierce, the defending AAA state champion in the pole vault, won his specialty as he cleared the bar at 11 feet.

Camden’s Darrion Clay was third in the 110 hurdles (18.76) while teammate Jericho Murphy also had a top three finish in a field event with a third-place finish in triple jump as he traveled 39-04.50.  

The following Bulldog athletes posted a personal-best in their events in the season-opening meet:  Shymeik Corbett (200 meter dash), Lance McCray (200 meter dash and triple jump), Garrett Lawson (1600 meters), Clay (110 hurdles and 400 hurdles) and Jericho Murphy (long jump).

Lady Bulldogs finish third at CBA Bulldog Invitational: The Camden girls took third place in the meet led by Julia Keen, who won the 3,200-meter race with a personal-best time of 13:37. Also finishing first for the Lady Bulldogs was Deniah Arthur in the 400-meter run in a time of 1:03.

Other top finishers in the track events included Keen, who was second in 1,600 meters with a time of 6:13 and Abriana McDowell, who took second in 400 hurdles with a time of 1:21.

The 4 x 100-meter team of Heather Woolard, Tajz Bradley, Nadya James, and Staci Sumpter ran a 52.29, which was good for third place while McKenzie Taylor finished third in 3,200-meter run at 14:40. Also finishing third was Camden’s 4 x 800 relay quartet of Keen, Mashylla Murphy, S’bria Steele and Arthur who combined to run an 11:36.

In the field events, Tajz Bradley won the long jump with a personal-best and CHS record jump of 16-07.50.  Other field event top finishers include Janae Brunswick, who had a second place finish in the high jump and broke a school record by clearing the bar at five feet. Woolard, who placed second in the long jump, with a leap of 15-feet, and was third in the triple jump traveling a school record best of 33-09.   

The following Lady Bulldog athletes posted their personal best in their events on Saturday:  Nadya James (100 meter dash), Keen (1,600 meter run), Janae Brunswick (high jump), Bradley (long jump and triple jump), Woolard (long jump and triple jump), and Mac Norred in the shot put.

Camden High and its track and field athletes would like to give a special thanks to McDonald’s of Camden, Nationwide-Tana Simmons, Camden House of Pizza, Kershaw County United Way, Sonic, the Camden Bulldog Club and the Bulldog Track and Field coaches for helping make the Bulldog Invitational a successful event.  

Camden will host the Camden Military Academy, Columbia and McBee high schools on Thursday, March 16 in a 5 p.m. meet at the Camden Track and Field Complex.

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