Host Eagles sweep Beaufort Track Classic

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Another weekend, another sweep of the team titles for the Beaufort High track and field team. 

The host Eagles ran away with the girls title and edged county rival May River for the boys crown at the 19-team Beaufort Track Classic on Saturday. 

Beaufort’s girls racked up 176.5 points, doubling up runner-up May River (88). Battery Creek (81) was third, while Whale Branch (40) was seventh, and Holy Trinity (3) was 12th. 

Layla Warren (100 hurdles) and Shannon Smith (1,600) won individual titles for the Eagles, and Beaufort won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. 

Battery Creek’s Daje Bartley (400) and Whale Branch’s Theresa Anderson (long jump) also won individual titles.

Beaufort’s boys compiled 141 points to edge the Sharks by nine points. Whale Branch (22) was seventh, Battery Creek (8) was 11th, and Holy Trinity (5) was 12th.

Marlon Belden won the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead the way for the Eagles, and Dexter Ratliff broke the 40-year-old meet record in the discus (171-4) and placed second in the shot put to earn Most Valuable Field Athlete honors. Joshua Wilborn (800) and Desmond Gaillard (high jump) also won events, and the Eagles won the 4×400 (Wilborn, Jonathan Pozas, Max Davis, Nash Mills) and 4×800 (Pozas, Shylik Smalls, Edward Warren, Aydreyan Laurie) relays.

Above: Beaufort High School’s Desmond Gaillard easily clears the bar at an even 6 feet during the 43rd annual Beaufort Track Classic on Saturday, April 6 at Beaufort High School.

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