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Kingstree High School

Traylor, Graham lead Kingstree track and field

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Kingstree—While many idealize spring sports as baseball and softball, there are several other teams and athletes putting in just as much work trying to be successful.

At Kingstree High, the baseball and softball teams ended their campaigns at the end of the regular season. However, several members of the school’s track and field teams earned the right to compete in the postseason.

The Jaguars recently participated in the Region 7-AA meet in Marion and had several runners qualify for the Class AA Lower State meet.

Although small in numbers, the Kingstree boys’ team finished fourth in the conference after scoring 51 points.

One of the biggest contributors to the group was Gemarco Traylor, who won two races and placed third in another. The junior was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles (16.57 seconds) and 400-meter hurdles (1:01.69), and raced in the 800-meter run as well.

Freshman Kavon McBride made his presence felt after becoming the fastest sprinter in the region. He clocked in at 11.51 seconds in the 100-meter dash while senior Antwon Chandler was second in the 200-meter dash.

Also taking part at the meet was Dwayne Smith, Henry Benbow, Terrance McCrea and Jawuan Carraway.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Jaguars came in sixth place with 29 total points. Junior Kornan Graham was the top performer again as she claimed top honors in the shot put with a throw of 29-feet, 4-inches.

Sophomore Deauria McElveen placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, junior Equality Brockington was fourth in the 200-meter dash, and sophomore Courtney Franklin grabbed fourth in the 400-meter run. Kingstree’s 400-meter relay team also finished fourth.

Other sprinters at the meet included Atiya McKnight, Tionna Chandler and Zyree Bradford. KaNeisha McCullough and Kirsten Blunt did the middle distance, Kyerra Wright and Kayla Hanna competed in the throws, and Ladasia Swinton and Nakoria Strong participated in the long jump.

The Class AA Lower State track meet was set for May 6 at Woodland High, with those finishing in the top four advancing to the state meet at Spring Valley the following weekend. 

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