COLUMBIA -- On a day of many outstanding performances by Lowcountry athletes, Hanahan's Chris Brown may have shined the brightest Saturday at the state high school track meet.
Brown, a two-sport star who was offered a football scholarship from Notre Dame this week, recorded the best long jump in the state this season with a leap of 23-9 at Spring Valley High School.
Then, after finishing second in the 200, he leaped 50-8 on his first attempt in the triple jump. On his third jump, he went 51-2 1/2, giving him the nation's two best triple jumps this year by a high school athlete.
The Summerville girls had a big day, too, giving longtime coach Jim Kilbreath a nice going-away present -- the Class AAAA state title.
Berkeley's Leanna Morrison gave the performance of her life by winning four gold medals, including a record-breaking effort in the 400 hurdles, to help the Stags to a third-place Class AAA finish.
A rainstorm delayed the Class AA-A meet, but it didn't slow down Brown and the Hanahan Hawks, who won the Class AA boys and girls crowns.
The Green Wave girls won the title on the day's final event, finishing second in the 4x400 relay to edge out J.L. Mann.
Senior Brianna Blanton, who ran the anchor leg, also repeated as 800 champion in a time (2:16.63) well off the state record she hoped to break.
She missed six weeks of the track season with foot and ankle injuries, but was strong enough to win Saturday.
"I wanted the record, that was my goal," Blanton said.
"It's a bittersweet day because I have to leave my Summerville track family. "But I'm going to Clemson, and I have goals there.
"I didn't reach my goal today, but I was happy to get a gold medal and to win the team championship," Blanton said. "There was pain when I ran. It was painful. But it was bearable."
Shaycoya Smith, a 4x400 member, finished first in the 200 and was third in the 100.
"It was work to get here, a lot of hard work," she said. "But this is a dream come true. This is for Coach Kilbreath. He retired as head coach last year, but came back just for us. So, this is for him."
The Fort Dorchester boys finished fourth with 39 points, behind Dorman (70), Spring Valley (59 1/2) and Dutch Fork (39).
Charles Andrew Buehring of Fort Dorchester won the 1,600 (4:20.55), while teammate Warren Freeman won the shot put (52-11). Wando's Desmond Venning won the discus (166-10 1/2), and Summerville's Taylor Abernethy won the pole vault (16-1).
Morrison repeated as 400 hurdles champion in record time (1:00.69), breaking the mark by .02 (Nyoka Norman, Westside, 2002).
Morrison's 100 hurdles time (14.59) was nearly a half second ahead of the rest of the pack. She also won the triple jump (39-5) and was on the winning 400 relay team (48.46).
Morrison said her goal since her freshman year was to set the state record.
"I knew I would get the record," she said. "My coach and I always talked about it, and now I have it. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, day in, day out. It's more than just going to meets and practice. You have to go out there and work on your own."
Morrison grew up in a neighborhood that included Berkeley football stars Andre Ellington and Bruce Ellington.
"I'd race them, and, of course, they would beat me," said Morrison "But it showed me how fast I had to run. I ran against boys this year to get better, to get ready, and it paid off."
Marissa Pinckney played a big role in Berkeley's success. She was third in the 100 and 200 and fourth in the 400.
Cane Bay's Ashley Eady won the high jump (5-4).
Fort Mill (73 1/2) won the girls title, followed by Seneca (69) and the Stags (57). In the boys, it was Hilton Head (61), South Pointe (60) and Daniel (57).
Hanahan expected to win the boys title last year but finished second as Brown was injured. Saturday, a healthy Brown scored 30 1/2 points and earned golds in the long and triple jumps and the 400 relay to help the Hawks (107 1/2) beat runner-up Bishop England (60).
In the girls, Hanahan beat out Eau Claire.
Brown's leap of 51-2 1/2 in the triple jump broke the oldest state record (Ernest Marvin, Spring Valley, 50-6, 1978).
The Hawks' Alexis Solis gained gold in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Woodland's Chris Gaddist won the 400 hurdles (56.02), Bishop England's Michele Boykin triumphed in the 3,200, Academic Magnet's Houston Rhodes won the 100 hurdles, Hanahan's Rachel Austin got gold in the pole vault, and teammate Whitney Taylor won the long jump.
It was a difficult week for Zorel Heyward-Fludd, who competed after his mother died Tuesday.
The St. John's standout won the 100 (10.92) and 200 (21.99), and would have swept the sprints if not for a disqualification in the 400. He stepped out of his lane on the second curve of the 400.
"I stepped on the line," he said. "I don't think I ran in anybody's lane.
"I'm happy with my performance, but could have been a little more happy if I won the 400. I had good starts today, and I didn't slow down at the finish line. I ran some good races."
Cross' Jalen Frazier won the high jump (6-6), and Burke's Raven Saunders won the shot (40-10).
Landrum's boys won and Johnsonville took the girls title.