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St. Joseph boys three-peat, Beaufort boys repeats, and Military Magnet Academy’s Kelvin Holman wins four golds

Columbia – The state track and field meet is one of the best days of the year on the high school sports calendars as it brings together the best runners, jumpers and throwers in the state to one of the best venues in the United States, Spring Valley’s Harry Parone stadium.

The 2019 meet saw one team, St. Joseph’s three-peat, another Beaufort repeat, and two runners win three individual gold medals and while on the boy’s side no state records were broken it was a spectacular day, nonetheless.

St. Joseph’s beat region rival Landrum by 13 points, 70-57, to capture their third consecutive AA boy’s state championship. The Knights only won gold in the 4 x 800 relay team (Isaac Hine, Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue and Tristan McTigue) but they scored 57 of their 70 points in the 800, 1600 and 3200 by having multiple runners placing in each event led by Josh Powers, who brought home silver in every race.

In AAAA, Beaufort repeated by beating area rival Hilton Head 93-57. The state championship was the Eagles 15th breaking a tie with T.L. Hanna (according to Palmetto’s Finest) for the most in state history. When you add in the girls 10 titles and the titles won by other area school’s Beaufort County has earned the title of the “Track and Field County of South Carolina.”

The Eagles showed their placing in 7 of the 8 running events and winning gold in three field events. Desmond Gaillard set a school record and PR in winning the triple jump with a jump of 49-05. Alex Macias won the pole vault with a vault of 14-00 and Dexter Ratliff won the discus with a toss of 170-00

“We have a well-rounded team and have guys that can come to compete each meet,” said Eagle head coach Alvin Harvey. “Hopefully the tradition is back. We are set for the next couple of years, so I think we are back on track.”

Byrnes captured their first track and field state championship (AAAAA) to join the many other sports at Byrnes High School that have captured titles. The Rebel’s two hurdlers led the way by winning golds. In the 110-meter hurdles Jade Jenkins posted a 14.72 and Chris Ramirez-Brayboy ran a 53.44 in the 400’s. The Rebels also had three second place finishes. Chris Rivera was second in the shot and fourth in the discus.

“This is amazing! The kids wanted to leave a legacy behind, and they accomplished that by winning the first state championship in track and field in school history,” said head coach Matt Feiling. “We were on 10 events and did well in all of them. I am very proud of my guys.”

May River, open for just three years, won the school’s first ever state championship in any sport and they were joined by the boys’ soccer team later in the day who won the AAA boys title beating Indian Land 6-1. Melvin Livermon won the 400 meters in a time of 49.22, DJ Robinson won the 400-meter hurdles posting a time of 55.38 and Beau Bischoff won the pole vault with a vault of 14-09.

“This is crazy!” said an excited Sharks head coach Katherine Rosenblum. “We are a three-year-old program and for them to do as well as they did this year was amazing. They were third last year, so they had the potential and they worked to reach that potential. To see their commitment was amazing.”

The deepest team at the state meet was class A champion Military Magnet Academy as they scored points in every event, but the shot put, and to make up for that they had two throwers place in the discus. The Eagles won four individual state titles and two relays one. They won the 4 x 100 with Kelvin Heyward, Xavier White, Antonio Champaigne and Kelvin Holman and in the 4 x 400 Heyward and White were joined by Garnaris McCormick and Deondre White.

Pole vaulter Tariq Ulmer also brought home gold.

“Losing last year by one really motivated us this year. Our mantra can you get us the one more point,” said head coach Mark Vonallmen. “This was a total team effort. We had people in every event but one and the guys performed well.”

Holman was the big winner bringing home four golds in the 100, 200, 400 and the final leg of the 4 x 100 relay. He became just the 10th man in state history to win four golds at the one state meet.

“This was a goal of mine since the 9th grade and it feels great to accomplish it,” said a tired Holman after the 200. “My teammates told me before the meet, that Kelvin you got this. Just put your mind to it and you can do it.”

Phillip Simmon’s Noah Ward won three golds in the 800, 1600- and 3200-meter races. He won these despite the rolling schedule that limited his rest.

The meet had several double winners in Southside Christian’s Tyler Willis, St. John’s Augustis Fraiser and Lower Richland’s Tyler Graves in the hurdles. Graves posted the best time in the 110 hurdles with a blistering time of 13.88.

On the track, Keenan’s Alajuwan Robinson won the 100 and 200 and Spartanburg’s Nolan Brown won the 200 and 400.

Dixie’ Devion Donald and Wando’s David Kowalchik took home the gold in the shot put and the discus while Broome’s Ja’Qun Wilkins won the long jump and the triple jump. His 47-05.25 in the triple is a new school record.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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