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IL’s Rodman dashes to AAA 1600 state title

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By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School star distance runner Kaitlyn Rodman paced the Warriors’ banner track effort in the Class AAA state meet at Spring Valley High School in Pontiac on Saturday.

Rodman, a freshman, highlighted her stellar day, winning the Class AAA girls 1600-meter run with an ILHS school record 5:16.90.

Rodman said she prayed before the race.

“Hard work and Jesus made the difference,” she said. “I didn't know I was capable of doing this twice. I felt really blessed.

“I tried to do my best,” she said. “I was tired, but happy when I won.

“Our whole team did a good job this year and all the hard work paid off.”

ILHS track coach Chris Cuviello said Rodman’s win was all about strategy.

“Kaitlyn’s pace was steady,” Cuviello said. “She ran a good pace and didn’t try to do too much. She got her lead at the beginning of the third lap and stayed in front.”

A year ago in Indian Land’s final season in Class AA, Rodman won the 1600 in the Class AA girls state meet with a 5:26.53 effort.

In the Class AAA meet Saturday, Rodman also smashed the school record with a third-place finish in the 3200 with an 11:44.10 showing.

Rodman posted a sixth-place effort in the girls 800-meter run in 2:32.86.

Her effort sparked the Indian Land High girls to a 10th-place finish in the 29-team field.

“We’re very proud of everyone this season,” Cuviello said. “All of the hard work everyone put in this season reflected in our results as a team.”

Makalah Wallace placed seventh in the 100-meter dash, posting a 13.62 effort. Empress Fitzgerald ran a 27.43 to notch a seventh-place effort in the girls 200-meter dash.

Wallace and Fitzgerald also ran on the Lady Warriors’ 4 x 100 relay team, which included Kendall Sullivan and Page Law who combined for a 51.57 effort to place sixth.

The Lady Warriors’ 4 x 400 relay of Artiana Andrews, Anna Dessie, Kendall Sullivan and Tymariah Miller was eighth in 4:23.01.

The ILHS boys, who finished 13th out of 31 teams with 17 points, were keyed by Marlin Davis, who had a pair of bronze showings.

Davis was third in the 100 meters in 11.04 and third in the 200 meters with a 22.04.

Malcolm Reed had a fifth in the 400-meter dash in 50.08. Reed combined with Malcom Reed III, Terrance Evans, Quinton Evans to finish eighth in the 4 x 400-meter relay in 3:55.87.

Bruins produce

Lancaster High School didn’t have many in the Class AAAA boys track meet, but those who competed did well.

The Bruins’ 4 x 400-meter relay placed fifth in the state meet at Spring Valley High School with a season’s best 3:25 effort.

The LHS foursome included Frederick Thompson, Dontavious Blair, Kendrick Thompson and Nigel McCollum, who qualified for the state meet with a 3:30.

Bruins’ field events freshman competitor Immanuel Bush placed seventh in the Class AAAA discus competition with a 117-09 heave.

“These guys have a heart of gold and they really put in hard work on and off the track field,” LHS coach Sandra Meadows said. “All five are a great group of coachable athletes and we wish McCollum all the success in his academic and athletic adventures to come. He will be missed.”

Jones leads AJ

Andrew Jackson High School sophomore Nyana Jones led the Lady Volunteers’ effort in the Class AA state track meet at Spring Valley High School on Saturday.

Jones, in a pair of field events, posted a pair of top five finishes.

Jones was fourth in the high jump with a five-foot leap and fifth in the long jump in 16-9.

AJ Lady Vols senior Paris Clyburn was fifth in the discus with a 104-9.

The AJ girls 4 x 100 meter relay team finished eighth in 51.71 and included Osha Black, Destiny Clyburn, Oksana Lathan and Jones.

AJ sophomore Morgan Truesdale led the AJ boys with a 5-10 effort in the high jump for a fourth-place showing.