Beaufort’s boys, Bluffton’s Heyward highlight Region 7-4A track meet


Beaufort High’s boys and James Island’s girls claimed the team titles, and Bluffton’s Tacoya Heyward put together a dominant individual performance to highlight the Region 7-4A track and field championships Wednesday at Beaufort High.

The host Eagles racked up 159 points to edge Lucy Beckham (145) and May River (133) for the boys title and finished second in the girls standings with 155.5 points, trailing only the champion Trojans (183).

Beaufort’s boys had four individual champions — Zyrin Odom won the 400 meters and the triple jump, Nash Mills took the 800, Karlos Holman claimed the 110 hurdles, and Alvin Wilson won the discus — and racked up points with top-three finishes. Mills was second in the 1600 and 3200, Wilson was second in the shot put, Charlie Bennett placed second in the 800 and third in the 1600, and Darryl DePass was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100. 

Beaufort’s Layla Warren picked up wins in the 100 hurdles and the javelin and placed second in the 400 hurdles to lead the Eagles to a runner up finish. Jayla Daise won the shot put and was third in the discus, and Reyonce Black claimed silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200. Anaiya Houseal (high jump) and Acionna Lowe (discus) also had runner-up finishes for the Eagles, who placed third in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and got third-place showings from Anna Brown (400), Charlize Antia (1600), and Keasia Walker (triple jump). 

Bluffton’s girls finished fourth, largely on the powerful legs of Tacoya Heyward, who won the 100, 200, and long jump and anchored the Bobcats’ winning 4×100 relay in an incredible individual performance. Kayleigh Washington was second in the long jump and Madison Washington was third in the shot put for the Bobcats.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for the Class 4A Lower State Championships on May 15. 

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