Out of 151 schools and more than 1,000 athletes, Northwestern finished first in the boys’ section of the Taco Bell Classic track and field meet Saturday at Spring Valley High School.
The Trojans’ 46 team points were enough to hold off second-placed DeMatha Catholic (Md.), which finished with 41. South Pointe was the other local boys’ team to score; their four points put them in a three-way tie for 53rd (out of 64 teams). Northwestern’s girls finished in a three-way tie for 34th (out of 57 teams).
The Trojan boys’ effort was led by Quantarious Caldwell, who jumped 6-foot-6 in his first attempt at the high jump and went on to win that event, and Trey Stanley, who ran a 54.67 to cross the line first in the 400 hurdles. Stanley also finished 12th in the 110-meter hurdles.
Other top-five finishers included Daniel Bolin, who placed second in the high jump (14-6); Chad Fennell, who took fifth in the 800-meter (1:55.43); and Khalil Carter, who also finished fifth in the long jump (22-0). Additionally, the 4x800 relay team of Christian Acker, Chad Rollins, Grayson Boatright and Fennell finished second (7:59.14).
Other local top-20 finishes:
• Brianna Lewis, Northwestern- finished 13th in the girls’ 400-meter (59.04), out of 73 runners.
• Victoria Burdette, South Pointe- senior came in ninth in the mile-run (5:14.36), out of 90 runners. She also placed 19th in the girls’ 800-meter (2:25.30), out of a field of 86.
• Adia Simpkins, Northwestern- senior finished 14th in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles (17.49).
• Andie Enabenter, Northwestern- senior placed 10th in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles (1:07.93).
• Lashantay Moye, Rock Hill- junior also finished top-20 in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles, placing 18th (1:09.81).
• Reagen Caldwell, Northwestern- senior finished eighth in the girls’ pole vault, clearing 10 feet.
• Taylor Kirkland, Northwestern- sophomore took 17th place in the girls’ long jump with a 16-foot, 5-inch jump.
Cassidy Malchow, Northwestern- junior finished 19th in the girls’ discus, throwing her plate 94 feet, 2 inches.
• Northwestern girls’ 4x100 relay- finished fifth out of 42 teams with a time of 47.91.
• Northwestern girls’ 4x400 relay- finished eighth, the last scoring spot, with a time of 4:05.78.
• Northwestern girls’ 4x800 relay- placed 16th with a time of 10:12.01.
• Chandler Kryst, Fort Mill- junior ran the 100-meter in 11.24 to place 15th out of a field of more than 100 sprinters. Kryst also placed 11th in the triple jump (42 feet, 4 inches)
• Zach Riley, Fort Mill- senior finished 11trh in the 400-meter with a time of 50.31.
• Andrew Bruce, Nation Ford- senior ran a 51.48 in the 400-meter, finishing 18th overall.
• Will Manning, Nation Ford- junior placed 15th in the 800-meter field of well over 100 runners, finishing in 1:59.39.
• Cameron Ruppe, Rock Hill- senior placed 14th in the 3200-meter with a time of 9:41.40.
• Jeremy Ricks, Fort Mill- junior tied for 20th in the 3200, finishing in 9:50.98.
• J.T. Thomas, Northwestern- senior ran a 58.54 in the 400-meter hurdles to place 10th.
• Northwestern 4x100 relay- finished 13th with a time of 43.50.
• Northwestern 4x400 relay- placed seventh, running a collective 3:26.14.
• South Pointe 4x800 relay- finished 20th, with a time of 8:23.77.
• Khalil Jackson, South Pointe- junior tied for fourth place in the high jump after cleaing 6 feet, 2 inches.
• Matthew Chapman, South Pointe- senior finished in a seven-way tie for ninth place after high-jumping 6 feet.
• Niegel Simmons, South Pointe- 10th grader finished 19th in the long jump after a 20-foot, 10-inch jump.
• Chris Bouyer, Northwestern- junior placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 46 feet and 11.25 inches.
Walls, Carroll QB well in Limestone spring game
Former Lewisville quarterback Qua Walls and former York quarterback Spencer Carroll were two of a group of signal callers to see action during Saturday’s Limestone spring football game.
Carroll started and threw a touchdown pass during the scrimmage, which was held at Gaffney High School, while the Spartanburg Herald Journal lauded Walls for completing 9-of-12 passes for 117 yards and no interceptions. Limestone will compete in the school’s first season of varsity football this fall as an NCAA Division II independent.
McCullough makes 2 catches for Clemson
Former Nation Ford football standout Jay Jay McCullough caught two passes for the Orange team in Clemson’s spring football game Saturday at Death Valley.
McCullough reeled in passes of three and nine yards from Orange QB Chad Kelly. McCullough started at tight end for the Orange squad and will likely scrap with teammates Stanton Seckinger and Jordan Leggett for a starting nod this fall.
Stowers named Defensive MVP of Kansas game
Former Northwestern Trojan Keon Stowers was named the Defensive Player of the Game during Kansas University’s spring football game Saturday.
Stowers accounted for eight tackles, including four solo stops, in the Blue team’s 20-10 win over the White team. Stowers will be a senior defensive tackle this fall for the Jayhawks.
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