A pair of Camden High track athletes established new school standards in their events while five Lady Bulldogs enhanced their stock following their performances in last weekend’s 23rd annual Taco Bell Classic hosted by Spring Valley High school.
The Taco Bell Classic is one of 10 to 12 Elite meets throughout the United States as selected by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, making it one of the nation’s premier high school competitions. More than 2,500 athletes from 228 schools throughout the country participated in the two-day event.
CHS freshman Garrett Lawson set a new school record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:11.68, which was faster than the old mark which he also held. Sophomore teammate Lindsay Pierce established a new school standard in the pole vault as he cleared the bar at a height of 12-6 for head coach Emet Reyes’ troops.
Several personal records were all achieved by the Bulldog teams during the course of the weekend. In the 400-meter dash, Carlos Williams had a time of 51.84 while Lawson had a personal best of 5:06.92 in the one mile run. Daniel Gambrell had a personal best in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:27.31 while Deshawn Sumpter threw for a new personal record of 60-07 in the discus.
Also turning in strong performances at the Taco Bell Classic were: Damari James (200-meter dash: 24.99), Travis Jiles (200-meter dash: 25.28), Dylan Reyes (Shot Put: 33-00.00), Omar Mingo (Triple Jump: 42-07.00). Ryan Kelly (Pole Vault), Grant Maree (JV mile run) and Ben Battiata (JV mile run) also had impressive showings for the Bulldogs.
Not to be outdone, the Camden girls continued on their upward path after competing against elite competition in Columbia over the weekend.
Like their male colleagues, the Lady Bulldogs established several personal-best marks. Staci Sumpter had a time of 27.63 in the 200-meter dash for her new personal record. In the 800-meter run, Caroline Woolard ran a 2:39.75 and Alesia Davis ran a 1:17.36 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Also posting impressive finishes in Taco Bell Classic were Deniah Arthur (200-meter dash: 28.96 and 4 x 400-meter relay: 4:37.64), Darlasia Salmond (400-meter dash: 1:03.55), Kadrea Ferguson (800-meter run: 2:51.70 and 4 x 800 meter relay:11:31.68), Megan Goodrich (3,200meter run: 14:03.98 and one mile: 6:37.82), Abby McLaughlin (3200 run: 14:40.74; one mile: 6:26.41 and 4 x 800-meter relay: 11:31.68), Heather Woolard (4 x 400-meter relay: 4:37.64; Long Jump: 14-08.00 and triple jump: 31-03.50), Kentrell Salmond (Discus: 97-07) and Isabel Estrada (JV one mile).
Sumpter also went 13-feet in the long jump while being part of the 4- x 400-meter relay team as was Caroline Woolard.
CHS girls top region charts:
CHS girls top region charts:The Lady Bulldogs currently lead Region 4-AAA in two events after their performances in the Taco Bell Classic.
Thanks to her leap of 31-03.50 feet in the triple jump, Heather Woolard has the longest jump in the conference in that event. Camden’s 4 x 400-meter relay team has that same 4-AAA distinction as well as Caroline Woolard, Heather Woolard, Deniah Arthur and Staci Sumpter were clocked in 4:37.64 at the Taco Bell Classic on Saturday.
Camden will close its regular season schedule tonight when the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs host North Central and McBee at 5 p.m.