Eagles claim second straight state title

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Beaufort High’s boys blazed to their second consecutive Class 4A track and field state championship with a dominant performance Friday and Saturday in Columbia.

The Eagles displayed their depth by racking up 93 points — 36 more than runner-up Hilton Head High — despite only three individual champions. Alex Macias won the pole vault, Desmond Gaillard claimed the triple jump title, and Dexter Ratliff won the discus to lead the way, and Kenneth Williams claimed third-place finishes in both the high jump and long jump. Joshua Wilborn was third in the 800 and the Eagles placed third in the 4×400 relay.

Beaufort High’s girls placed third with 58.5 points, while Hilton Head High (30) was eighth. Anna Brown had a runner-up finish in the 800 and Layla Warren placed third in both the 100 and 400 to lead the Eagles. Beaufort also placed second in the 4×400 and third in the 4×800.

In Class 3A, Battery Creek’s girls placed 13th and the boys were 22nd. Battery Creek’s Jordan Wilson-Smalls placed second in boys high jump, and the Dolphins placed third in the girls 4×100 relay. 

In Class 2A, Whale Branch finished eighth in the girls standings and 10th in the boys standings. Theresa Anderson was second in the long jump and the 4×100 relay finished second to lead the girls, while Makhi Spicer and JacQuez Frazier finished second and third in the discus to lead the boys.

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