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Indian Land posted a solid showing in the Class AA state track meet at Spring Valley High School on Saturday, May 17.
The Warriors, aided by a state runner-up finish, finished 18th in the 36-team field with 13 points.
The Warriors’ 4 x 400 meter relay team placed second in the event for eight points.
The team included senior Manny Delgado along with sophomores Albert Jackson and Josh Jacobs and freshman Malcolm Reed who teamed for a 3:29.79.
Delgado opened with a 48-second split, which was matched by Reed.
“They all worked well and ran hard together,” IL track coach Barry Hallums said. “The effort was there and there was no quit in them.
“They all gave 110 percent,” Hallums said. “Overall, the team effort was what pulled them through.”
The alternate was Scott McCauley.
IL’s 4 x 400 relay was third in the Class AA Upstate meet with a 3:37.83 after placing second in the region meet.
“The best part of this is that three of those four runners will be back for us next season,” Hallums said. “If they keep working, they have a shot to win a state crown in the next couple of years.
“We’re going to have them on a strength and conditioning program in the summer and that should only help them,” Hallums said.
IL freshman Austin St. John also had a big day with a fourth in the 200-meter run in 10:29.26 to score five points and break the IL school record.
St. John broke the record of 10:30.19 which was set last season by 2013 IL graduate James Gregory.
“Austin has had a good year and he continued to shine at the state meet on Saturday,” Hallums said. “He also has a good future.”
u Lancaster High School had two athletes in the discus post a top seventh or better finish.
LHS junior Yasmine Robinson was fifth with a 102-5 effort at the state meet.
Senior Quinshun “Bubba” Evans was seventh in the state field with a heave of 136-02 to score two points.
u Buford’s Alex Blackmon, a junior, was fifth in the 800-meter run with a 2:30.78 showing to score four points.
BHS sophomore Autumn Rabon was sixth in the high jump with a 4-10 effort.
The Jackets Kyle Norcia, a junior, scored two points with a seventh in the 1600-meter race with a 4:55.96 effort.
u Andrew Jackson freshman Sha’Quela Miller tallied two points for the Lady Vols with a seventh-place effort in the triple jump with a 33-02 effort.