Bishop England boys win Class AA state track championship

The Bishop England boys won the Class AA state track championship Saturday with a 99-71½ victory victory over Region 6-AA rival Hanahan in Columbia.

The Wando girls’ bid for a Class AAAA state title came up short, but the Warriors captured a state record at Spring Valley’s Harry Parone Stadium.

The meet began Friday with field event finals and the 4x800-meter relay in Class AAAA and AAA.

The Wando girls’ 4x800-meter relay team wasted little time on the first night. They set a state record, winning the event in 9:25.40, nearly seven seconds ahead of J.L. Mann.

Bishop England, meanwhile, used great depth on Day 2 to win its first state title since 2009.

“It’s a great feeling,” Bishop England coach Tony Colizzi said. “The boys worked hard and stepped up today.”

Most observers picked the Bishops to win the state title.

“We knew we would have to win it on the track,” Colizzi said. “We couldn’t go out thinking we had it in the bag. We know the competition would be great. We lost to Hanahan in the region meet.”

The Bishops had four gold medal winners on the day. Nathan Leach won the 1,600-meter run in 4:26, while Griffie Loy won the shot with a put of 57-4¼. The 4x800 relay team won in 8:13.71. Gabe Theising won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.51.

Chris Brown led Hanahan to its second-place finish by scoring 34 points. Brown finished second in the 100, 200 and high jump. He repeated as state champ in the triple jump with a leap of 49-5. He set the record last year with a leap of 50-2½.

Dillon won the girls Class AA title with 72 to top second-place finisher Waccamaw by 14 points. Bishop England was third with 54.

Whale Branch won the Class A boys’ with a 79-71½ victory over Ridgeville. Carvers Bay was third with 42.

Whale Branch senior Andre Watson won the 100 and 200. The 200 was a state record of 21.16 to break Airese Curry’s 11-year old record by one one-hundredth of a second.

Christ Church edged Southside Christian 58-57 to win the girls’ Class A title. Johnsonville was third.

Class AAAA, AAA Wando’s record-setting 1,600-relay quartet included Rosa Marie Compton, Alyssa Holden, Georgia Compton and Lucy Rummler. The four also claimed for of the top six spots in the 1,600 to claim 21 points.

The Warriors also had an outstanding performance from Kenny Waring, who won the 100 in 10.70. It was the fastest time by a freshman in South Carolina this year. He also had a big effort in the long jump, winning the silver medal with a leap of 23-9.

Summerville picked up a pair of gold medals. Davon Anderson won the 200 in 21.69 while the 400-meter relay team captured first in 41.56.

The only other local athlete to win in Class AAAA was Jalacy Green, who claimed first in the discus with a heave of 128-4, and he putted the shot 49-9.

Cane Bay’s Ashlee Eady was the only local athlete to claim gold in the Class AAA meet. She won the high jump, clearing 5-6.

Lexington won the boys’ Class AAAA title with 69 points. Spring Valley was second with 59 and Dutch Fork third with 48.

J.L. Mann claimed the girls’ AAAA title with 89 points. Wando was second with 55 points and Ridge View third with 45.

Dreher outscored South Pointe 89-55 to win the boys’ Class AAA title.

Seneca scored 89½ points to win the girls’ Class AAA title. Wade Hampton was second with 60.