Northwestern swept Rock Hill in boys’ and girls’ track and field Tuesday afternoon, as both teams compete in the last week before the county and region track meets begin.
The Trojans boys cruised to a 122-19 win over the Bearcats, while the Northwestern girls topped Rock Hill 96-45. Highlights abounded, led by Quan Caldwell clearing 6-foot-7 in the high jump, a new Northwestern school record and the highest Class AAAA jump in the state so far this season, according to SCMilesplit.com.
Rock Hill sophomore Tylia Moses demonstrated her leggy ability by winning three events for the Bearcats girls. Moses produced commanding wins in the long, triple and high jump, winning the long jump by over a foot and a half and the triple jump by more than three feet. Rock Hill’s other standout was eighth-grader Lanie Jo Knight, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races by healthy margins. Winthrop signee Cameron Ruppe dominated the 3,200, winning by over 20 seconds.
Northwestern was led by Briana Lewis, who won the girls’ 100 and 400 meters, and Zaire Blanchard, who claimed the boys’ 100 and 200 meter sprints. Trojans senior Chad Fennell, a Clemson commitment, won in the 800 meters, while Adia Simpkins, a USC Upstate commitment, won in the 110 hurdles. Chris Bouyer tossed his shot put over 50 feet to win that event.
The meet was a good tune-up for both sides, but especially the Trojans as they begin their assault on the postseason. After next week’s spring break, the county meet will be held April 24, followed by the Region 3-AAAA meet on May 1. Both events will be hosted by York.
Northwestern 122, Rock Hill 19
Northwestern 96, Rock Hill 45