May River’s girls and Hilton Head High’s boys claimed the team titles at the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic Region 7 meet Saturday at Whale Branch, but Beaufort High athletes claimed seven individual titles and five Eagles qualified for the Elite meet next month in Summerville.
Anaiya Houseal was the Eagles’ top performer, claiming gold in the high jump and long jump and claiming one of 16 spots in the Elite field in the high jump. Whale Branch’s Xavier Chaplin also won two events, the discus and shot put, but he didn’t make the Elite cut, while Beaufort’s Charlize Antia qualified in the 800 and the 1,600 despite finishing second to May River’s Anya Arroyo in the latter race.
Beaufort’s Nash Mills continued his incredible return from injuries suffered in a serious car accident last July, winning the 800 with a time of 2:03.97 to qualify for the Elite meet, while teammate Jayla Daise won the shot put and qualified with a mark of 35-10. Heaven Dagin won gold for the Eagles in the pole vault and eighth-grader Gavin Moore won the 3200, while Whale Branch’s Kaylyn Caldwell won the triple jump and teammate Talaijah Bartley claimed the 100-meter hurdles.
The Eagles finished third in the girls standings with Whale Branch one spot behind in fourth, while the Warriors were fourth in the boys standings with Battery Creek seventh and Beaufort in eighth.
May River teammates Arroyo (1,600, 3,200) and McKenna Swinton (shot put) and the Sharks’ boys 4×400 and girls 4×800 relays will join the quintet of Eagles at the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic Elite meet on April 23 at Summerville High School.