Seniors Tre Stanley and Victoria Burdette have different post-high school plans, but both were intent on success Thursday at the Region 3-AAAA track and field meet at York Comprehensive.
Stanley, a Northwestern hurdler, won the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, par for a season in which he’s stepped to the forefront as one of the state’s best.
“It’s been a good year for me,” said Stanley, sporting a purple cap and vibrant pink running spikes. “My goal is to run a 52, that’s what I want to run at state. I’m gonna keep pushing myself so I can get faster and faster.”
Stanley ran a 54.67 last month to win the 400-meter hurdles at the prestigious Taco Bell Classic at Spring Valley High School. Not surprisingly, he is planning to hurdle in college. As his success snowballs this spring, the interest from colleges accrues as well. He’s heard from Kennesaw State and Coastal Carolina, but is also starting to receive interest from Clemson and South Carolina.
“It’s very exciting,” said Stanley. Far from adding pressure to Stanley’s shoulders, the sudden interest “is kind of relieving pressure because going into the year nobody was talking to me. Now I’m getting all these different schools and it’s really helping me out.”
Burdette, a senior distance runner at South Pointe, is headed to Winthrop, but with no intention of running competitively. She’s headed to the school just down the street to study art, which wouldn’t leave much time for pounding the pavement at a high level. This spring is a curtain call of sorts for her, and she’s leaving no regrets. Thursday, she cruised to five-second victories in the 800 and 1600 meters, before deciding not to run in the 3200.
“I didn’t necessarily run quite as fast as I wanted to in all my events but we had good races,” said Burdette.
A cutting, diagonal headwind made life difficult for all the runners Thursday at York, Burdette proving no exception. It was felt the worst “probably in the last 100,” she said, right where runners turned the corner into the straightaway.
Times might have been slower, but races were still won. The top-five finishers in each event advanced to next weekend’s state meet qualifier at Spring Valley, while Northwestern had already wrapped up the region championship based on head-to-head dual results.
The Trojans swept the relays, winning the 4x100, the 4x800 and the 4x400, in both girls and boys.
Calvin Hudgins’ Trojans also won both high-jumping contests. Quan Caldwell just nicked the bar at 6-8, which would have been a state-best this spring, but settled for the win at 6-4. And Northwestern 10th grader Nicole Rauppius took the win for the girls, edging Rock Hill’s Tylia Moses.
Lancaster won three of the four throwing events. Lancaster’s Kaliya Jackson won the girls’ shot put with a toss of 32-7, while Northwestern’s Chris Bouyer won the boys’ event by over five feet (49-7). The Bruins swept discus, Quinshun Evans winning the boys’ half, and Yasmine Robinson edging the girls’ championship.
Rock Hill 10th grader Moses had another good outing, winning the girls’ long jump and triple jump, while Fort Mill’s Chandler Kryst was another two-event winner. The junior claimed the boys’ triple jump and also won the 200-meter dash.