Henry, Davis pace Warriors in banner track effort

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By Robert Howey

The Indian Land High School track teams posted top 10 finishes, including two individual state champions, at the Class AAA state meet on Saturday, May 12, at Spring Valley High School in Pontiac.
ILHS sophomore runner Leah Henry won the state title in the 400-meter dash.
ILHS junior sprinter Marlin Davis highlighted a stellar day with the 200 meters state crown.
“This is the highest team finish ever for our Warrior track team at the state championship in AAA for both boys and girls,” ILHS coach Chris Cuviello said. “Marlin becomes only the third boy in school history to win a track state championship event.
“Leah is only the second girl in school history to win a state track championship event.
“Thanks to all of our coaches, parents, and administration for all of their support this season,” Cuviello said. “All of the athletes hard work paid off on Saturday.”
The Lady Warriors, the Region IV-AAA champions, placed fifth overall out of 32 teams, with 34 points.
The Warriors placed eighth in the Class AAA boys meet out of 30 teams with 29 points.
Henry ran a 58.90 to win the 400-meter dash. She was also sixth in the 200-meter dash, posting a 25.77.
Henry also teamed with Kendall Sullivan, Page Law and Empress Fitzgerald to finish sixth in the 4x100-meter relay with a 50.81 effort.
The girls 4x400 relay team of Sullivan, Anna Dessie, Artiana Andrews and Tymahariah Miller combined for a 4:14.11 effort to place third in the event.
ILHS sophomore distance runner Kaitlyn Rodman finished fourth in the 1600 run with a 5:31.43. Sophomore Blakely Hardin was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 17.35 effort.
Fitzgerald placed sixth in the girls long jump, with a 15-06.75 showing.
ILHS boys results
Davis was a dynamo for the Indian Land High boys.
The junior sprinter dashed to a 21.64 to win the Class AAA boys 200 meters state title.
In the 100 meters, he ran a 10.70 to place second in the event for a silver medal.
Davis also had a fourthplace effort in the 400-meter dash, posting a 49.46, followed by teammate Coby Hall in fifth with a 50.99 finish.
The 4x400-meter ILHS boys relay team of Deshon Harris, Brian Adams, Devonte Harris and Hall combined to place second in 3:26.66. Warriors freshman Grant Witherspoon placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.11.
- The Lancaster High School track team had some individuals fare well in the Class AAAA state meet.
Frederick Thompson finished sixth in the 400 meter dash with a 50.38 effort.
The Lady Bruins 4 x 100 meter relay team was sixth with a 49.56. The team included Rekia Polk, Tierra Belk, Quannie Simmons and Ashanti Talford.
Tierra Belk was eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.42.
The LHS girls were 26th with four points and the Bruins 31st with three points.
- In the Class AA girls meet, the AJ Lady Volunteers were 11th overall with 16 points.
Niyana Jones, a junior, was third in the high jump with a five-foot effort.
Jones was fifth in the long jump with a 16-03.50 showing.
In the triple jump, Oshamiya Black placed third overall with a 33-11.50 effort.
The Buford High girls were 17th overall with nine points.
BHS senior runner Christine Snuffer was fourth in the 3200 run with a 13:20.91 showing.
Autumn Rollings, a Buford High sophomore, was fifth in the high jump with in 4-10.
- In the Class AA boys meet, Buford was 25th overall with six points and AJ was 26th with five points.
Jackets senior Peyton Norcia, who has signed to run track at Newberry, was fifth in the 800 with a 2:07.35.
Buford senior Jarrod Carnes placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.73.
AJ senior Darrion Wright was fourth in the high jump with a 6-02 effort on the day.