Beaufort High track starts season strong

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Beaufort High’s boys track and field team picked up where it left off during last year’s state championship season, finishing second to defending Class 5A champion Wando at the Sandlappers Classic on Saturday in West Ashley.

The Eagles finished with 90 points to Wando’s 108 to earn runner-up honors in the 22-team meet. Beaufort High’s girls tied for fourth.

Kenneth Williams had a big day for the Eagles, finishing second in the high jump (6-4) and third in the long jump (21-2) while joining Trejohn Smalls, Ky’Yea Little, and Shylik Smalls on the third-place 4×100 relay.

Dexter Ratliff was the Eagles’ lone individual champion on the boys side, winning the discus (161-9) and finishing third in the shot put (46-10). Marlon Belden finished second in the 1600 (4:36.48) and was part of the third-place 4×1600 relay along with Nash Mills, Charlie Bennett, and Max Davis. Jonathan Pozas finished third in the 800 (2:05.21) and joined Trejohn Smalls, Shylik Smalls, and Aydreyan Laurie on the third-place 4×400 relay. 

The highlight for Beaufort’s girls was a 1-2 finish in the 100 from Layla Warren (16.71) and Makayla Johnson (17.16). Nigeria Davila also placed third in the high jump (4-10).

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