Barnes paces Beaufort High girls’ team at Florida meet

The Beaufort High girls’ track and field team notched a top-10 finish in the 146-team field at the Bob Hayes Invitational Track & Field Meet held at William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Pacing the Beaufort High Girls’ was Amanda Barnes, who won the pole vault event with a jump over 12 feet. In addition to Barnes’ first-place performance, Beaufort High’s Kaitlin Hamilton placed fifth in the discus and Savionna Glover finished seventh in the long jump.

Beaufort High Boys’ Track and Field shined in the tournament as well.  Michael Dickson finished second over-all in the 110 meter hurdles setting a new school record of 14.06 seconds and finished 7th in the 200 meter race. De’Quan Cason finished 6th over-all in the 110 meters hurdles .

The tradition-rich track and field event, named after Olympic gold medalist Bob Hayes, was organized in the spring of 1964. In the 1964 Olympics, Bob Hayes ran in the slowest lane, tied the world record of 10.0 sec. in the 100 meter dash and won two gold medals. Hayes was once regarded as the “World’s Fastest Human” and in the 1963 AAU meet in St. Louis, set a world record of 9.1 seconds in the 100 yard dash. He won the 100 meter dash in Tokyo, Japan with a time of 10 seconds flat, tying the world and Olympic records. In addition to the 100 yard dash record, Hayes held world marks in the 60 and 70 yard dashes.

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