SUMMERVILLE — Two meets, two records, and West Ashley senior sprinter Darrell Singleton is just getting started.
For the second consecutive early season meet, Singleton posted an impressive time of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meter dash and established a meet record at Saturday’s 24th annual Outback Steakhouse Azalea Invitational Classic, held at Summerville High School.
Singleton’s time was his exact time run last weekend at the Sandlapper Classic and also is the same time he posted in finishing as the state runner-up in the Class AAAA state meet last May.
“I have surprised myself a little running this well so early but I know I have a lot left in me,” Singleton said. “My goal is to get to 10.4. That won the gold medal last year so I have to get in that area, I think, to challenge again. Running this well so early only tells me I have a chance to really improve.”
Singleton, who also won the meet’s 200-meter dash, is focusing on Spartanburg’s Tavien Feaster, who beat him in the 100 and 200 in last year’s finals. Feaster is a Clemson football signee and rates as one of the nation’s top running backs. The next major meet for Singleton will be the Taco Bell Classic on April 9 in Columbia.
“I have to improve my start,” said Singleton, who is receiving recruiting interest from Troy, Coastal Carolina and Pittsburgh. “If I can get a better start, I know I can reach 10.4. I need to practice on my drive in the first 20 yard drive phase. Right now, the goal is to get in the 10.4 area and get a ring at state.”
On the girls side, James Island’s Hailey Sweatman and Wando’s Zeniyah Lawrence were the stars of the day. Lawrence solidified herself as one of the area’s top athletes, winning the 100, 200 and long jump. Sweatman won the pole vault with a meet record of 11 feet, 3 inches and also won the 100 meter low hurdles.
Sweatman is the defending state Class AAAA champion in the pole vault, setting a state record of 12-8 in the finals last May. She came away a bit disappointed with her performance on Saturday but very determined to see improvement.
“For me, today was not a good day in the vault,” said Sweatman, who is headed to South Carolina in the fall on a track scholarship. “I was better during the week but just didn’t feel it today for some reason. I was better in the hurdles today but I can go faster I think. I know I have to keep working. I’m happy to win but I am shooting for bigger goals later in the season so I have to improve.”
Wando captured the team titles in both boys and girls while Summerville was second on both. Fort Dorchester, West Ashley and Cane Bay rounded out the top five team placers in the boys, while James Island, Woodland and Stratford rounded out the top five in the girls.
Wando, 108.5; Summerville, 85.5; Fort Dorchester, 67; West Ashley, 57; Cane Bay, 55; Stratford, 44; Colleton County, 39; Bluffton, 39; Waccamaw, 29; James Island, 26; West Florence, 22; Ashley Ridge, 19; Academic Magnet, 13; Georgetown, 12; Stall, 10; Whale Branch, 9; Pinewood Prep, 8; Woodland, 8; Berkeley, 6; Wade Hampton-Hampton, 4; Florence Christian School, 2.
Wando 110.5; Summerville 92; James Island 68.8333; Woodland 54.3333; Stratford 50; Ashley Ridge 48.3333; Waccamaw 47; Bluffton 39; Ashley Hall 35; Cane Bay 27; Fort Dorchester 23; Colleton County 15; Academic Magnet 15; Berkeley 13; Whale Branch Early College 8; Stall 5; West Ashley 4; Wade Hampton-Hampton 3; Georgetown 3.
BOYS TOP FINISHERS
100m final: Singleton, Darrell, West Ashley, 10.61. 400m: Junkins, Jackson, Waccamaw, 50.44. 800m: Davis, Zach, Wando, 2:02.33. 1,600m: DiBona, Hayden, Academic Magnet, 4:29.54. 3,200m: Spychalski, Patrick, Wando, 9:46.11. 110m hurdles: Tolliver, Nakil, Cane Bay, 15.44. 400m hurdles: Bull, Elijah, Wando, 59.94. 4x100m relay: West Ashley ‘A’ (Holmes, Brown, Freeman, Singleton), 42.56. 4x400m relay: Summerville ‘A’ (Dunmeyer, Elrod, Greene, White), 3:26.19. 4x800m relay: Stratford ‘A’ (Domingo, Abdullah, Smith, Jackson), 8:21.53. High Jump: Point, Reginald, Georgetown, 6-04. Pole Vault: Bailey, Evan, Wando, 14-01. Long Jump: Rumph, Devonte, Summerville, 22-07.50. Triple Jump: Roderick, Ronald, Cane Bay, 46-04.50. Shot Put: Blanken, Neil, Bluffton, 50-00.50. Discus Throw: Blanken, Neil, Bluffton, 168-02.
GIRLS TOP FINISHERS
100m final: Lawrence, Zeniyah, Wando, 12.38. 200m: Lawrence, Zeniyah, Wando, 25.43. 400m: Nesbitt, De’Avion, Summerville, 1:00.28. 800m: Heinold, Lily, Wando, 2:24.94. 1,600m: Lee, Morgan, Ashley Hall, 5:18.32. 3,200m: Jones, Amelia, Waccamaw, 12:24.73. 100m hurdles: Sweatman, Hailey, James Island, 16.56. 400m hurdles: Patterson, Imagine, Summerville, 1:03.76. 4x100 relay: Summerville ‘A’ (Frank, Marx, Nesbitt, Patterson), 48.29. 4x400 relay: Summerville ‘A’ (Frank, Marx, Nesbitt, Patterson), 3:59.08. 4x800 relay: 1, Bluffton ‘A’ (Welsch, Jimenez, Feacher, Lewellyn), 10:11.64. High Jump: Goettee, Reeves, Summerville, 5-00; Pole Vault: Sweatman, Hailey, James Island, 11-03. Long Jump: Lawrence, Zeniyah, Wando, 18-00.25. Triple Jump: Marx, Savannah, Summerville, 36-00.25. Shot Put: Deveaux, Aaliyah, Stratford, 41-05.50. Discus Throw: Britt, Tedreauna, Woodland, 128-09.
De’Avion Nesbitt hands the baton to Angel Frank during Summerville’s record-setting performance in the girls 4x800 meter relay event on Saturday at the Outback Classic.×