Warriors’ relay team earns state gold

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By Robert Howey

PONTIAC – The Indian Land High School boys 4 x 400 relay team produced its best effort for the biggest stage.
The ILHS’s relay team highlighted the Lancaster County high school effort at the state track meet at Spring Valley High School over the weekend.
The Warriors’ 4 x 400 relay team of  Marlin Davis, Deshon Harris, Brian Adams and Devonte Harris ran a school record 3:20.49 to win the state championship at the Class AAA state meet Saturday at SVHS.
“That team has worked hard all season and all that hard work paid off for them,” ILHS coach Chris Cuviello said. “A lot of the credit goes to our sprint coach Eric Streeter.
“He has put in the time and work with those sprinters and he had them ready,” Cuviello said. “They were prepared for the challenge and they responded with their best effort of the season. We’re proud of them.”
The Warriors’ 4 x 400 relay state title marked the fourth straight year ILHS has won an individual state championship.
The 4 x 400-meter relay team won the Region IV-AAA title at the region meet and the team was the top qualifier at the Class AAA state qualifier in Seneca the week prior.
“The only meet they didn’t win in was the Bojangles Classic, which drew about 2,000 athletes and teams from across the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida,” Cuviello said.
The ILHS 4 x 400 relay team finished second in the Bojangles Classic last month at Spring Valley High School where Cuthbertson High School of Union County, N.C., won with a 3:20.62 to the Warriors’ 3:22.73.
“They had a great season and Coach Streeter was a big reason for their success,” Cuviello said. “He puts in a lot of time with them.”
Davis, headed to Lenoir Rhyne University to run track, was third in the 200 meters in a time of 22.16 and was fifth in the 400 meters in 49.99.
Devonte Harris finished second in the 400 meters in 49.33.
The Indian Land High School boys, with 28 points, placed ninth out of 33 teams in the Class AAA state meet.
The Indian Land girls also had a solid day, with Leah Henry leading the Lady Warriors’ effort. She placed fourth in the long jump with a 16-5.0 effort.
London Johnson was seventh in the shot put with a 32-6.0 effort.
The ILHS girls team tallied seven points and placed 21 out of 31 teams.
Cuviello also saluted coaches Yolanda Bryan-Adams and Beth Griffin with their work with the ILHS athletes.
Vols McIlwain leads AJ boys
LaKyle McIlwain, the Andrew Jackson High School ace hurdler, dashed to a second-place finish in the 110 high hurdles at the Class AA state meet.
McIlwain, the top qualifier in the Class AA state qualifier in the 110 high hurdles in 15.56, earned the silver medal with a 15.33.
Southside Christian School’s Tyler Willis, a senior, won the event, posting a 15.22.
“It was a great race and a photo finish,” AJ track coach Corey McIlwain said. “They were smoking down the track.
“Kyle did wonderful and represented the school and community real well,” Coach McIlwain said. “We’re proud of his effort and know he’s going to continue to work to reach his goal.”
In the girls’ Class AA meet, Oksana Lathan was eighth in the 100 meters with a 13.17.
Buford competes
Buford High School had three athletes in the Class AA state meet.
Rilie Williams finished fifth in the 400 meters with a 1:11.80 effort and Catherine Snuffer was fifth in the long jump with a 16-3.5 effort.
The Jackets’ 4 x 800 relay team was sixth, finishing with a 8:50.77 showing. The team included Bryan Outen, Jackson Wolfe, Warren Dyches, Tyreke Ingram, Grant Bailey and Matthew Knight.
Belk leads Bruins
Senior Tierra Belk led the Lancaster High School girls effort in the Class AAAA meet.
Belk was fifth in the 200-meter dash in 25.31 and fifth in the triple jump with a 36-1 showing.
Belk also teamed with Rekia Polk, Mahogany Perry and Nyreisha Hill to place fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 49.60.
Bruins’ junior Emmanuel Bush, a tri-sport standout at LHS, was eighth in the discus with an effort of 134-8 in the boys Class AAAA meet on Friday.