County meets set stage for tri-county track showdown

The Hanahan girls’ 4x800 relay team (from left) Autumn Bladen, Ashley Canaday, Casey Doughten and Valentina Leyton won their event Wednesday on the first day of the Berkeley County track meet. (Rob Gantt/The Gazette)

The best and brightest track and field athletes in the Lowcountry put on quite a show at the three county championships, held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Favorites going into the county championships did what most felt they would: win. Here’s a recap of the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county meets. The top two finishers in each event at each county meet will compete next Wednesday in the tri-county championships, hosted by West Ashley.

The state’s top hurdler — Keishaun Limehouse of Berkeley — was again spectacular, easily winning the 110 and 400-meter hurdles events. His time of 14.42 seconds in the 110 hurdles was a season best.

“I feel like I am continuing to make progress, and I am pushing myself harder each week to see where I can be by the time we get to state,” Limehouse said. “It feels good to win a meet like this, but my main goal continues to be the state meet. I like competing against the other guys in the county, but this is just another stepping stone to what my big goals are this year.”

In the team standings, Stratford edged Hanahan by 11 points to capture the boys championship while Stratford’s girls team was a runaway winner.

Anchoring Stratford’s effort was Eric Abdullah, who won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, and Devonte Fuller, who won the 800, finished second in the 400 and third in the 100.

Hanahan’s Quincy Mitchell was the Jim Settle Boys MVP after winning the 100 and 200- meter dashes. Goose Creek’s Destiny McKnight received the Sharonda Singleton Girls MVP honor after winning the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.

Stratford thrower Aaliyah Deveaux, as expected, captured first in both the shot put and discus, while Goose Creek’s Mia Witherspoon was quite productive in the jumps, finishing first in the long jump while placing second in both the triple and high jump. Hanahan’s Kylie Futrell won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and was named the girls track MVP for the meet.

Wando captured both the boys and girls team titles at the Charleston County meet. The Wando boys outpointed runner-up West Ashley, 221.5 to 171.5, while the Wando girls easily won the title with 275 combined points.

Sophomore Zeniyah Lawrence continued her dominance in the 100 and 200-meter sprints. Lawrence won the 100 with a time of 12.22 seconds, a new county meet record. She also established a stadium record in the 200 win and added the long jump title as well.

“I feel like I could have done a little better, but I am pleased overall,” Lawrence said. “I look at this meet as just trying to get better at all three events. There are still things I need to work on in order to be ready for the state meet, so today was a good chance to work.”

Lawrence had plenty of help as Lily Heinold won the 800 and 1,600 and Wando took the top three spots in the 3,200. James Island’s Hailey Sweatman won the pole vault and 100-meter hurdles.

On the boys side, Stephen McDaniel and Johnny Ray went 1-2 in the shot put for the Warriors, while Evan Bailey led a top three sweep in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 14-06.

West Ashley kept pace by taking the top two spots in the discus with Jonathan Legare edging teammate Malik Paul for the gold medal. West Ashley also received a strong effort in the jumps as Cornelius Gallon won the triple and finished second in the long jump.

Darrell Singleton, the state’s top sprinter, won the 100 and 200-meter dashes, as expected.

Woodland High hosted the Dorchester County meet on Wednesday. Summerville’s girls and Fort Dorchester’s boys came away as the team champions.

Anchoring Summerville’s effort was sophomore Imagine Patterson, who won the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Savannah Marx won the long jump and triple jump, while Sommer McKenzie won both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.

Woodland’s Tedreauna Britt also was a double winner, capturing the shot put and discus titles.

The boys meet was much closer as Fort Dorchester held off Summerville by fewer than 10 points in the final tally. Fort Dorchester finished 1-2 in the pole vault, as Hunter Knapp took the top spot over teammate Thomas Page.

The Patriots won both hurdles — Amal Valcin-Brown in the 110 and Bobby Williams in the 400. Dana Coleman won the shot put and Justin Williams finished first in the 800-meter run.

Summerville’s Victor Shellhammer won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and Woodland sprinter Aran Green won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.